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Submandibular benign mass was removed 2004. The mass has appeared to have returned in the same original area. {Moveable and painless as before } The doctor had stated to me in 2004 that it "could return". I am wondering why? Has this become now more serious???. As in this could now be malignant? Would this require removal again?... Does this have anything to do with smoking cigarettes?


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replied January 10th, 2008
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A3495
It's helpful to know precisely what that “benign mass” was in terms of the patho-histological report. Every tumor that is surgically removed must be examined by a pathologist. Only the pathologist can determine the precise diagnosis and is the specialist capable of determining if the tumor is completely removed or not. Any benign tumor that is not removed completely can recur. Malignant transformations of some benign tumors are possible. Therefore, you may want to consult the pathologist who assisted during the removal of the mass or request your records and bring them to a pathologist who can translate the notes for you.


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