Definition Cheilitis glandularis is an uncommon chronic inflammatory condition of the minor salivary glands, characteristically affecting the lower lip.
Clinical features It presents as a swelling of the lower lip due to hyperplasia and inflammation of the glands (Fig. ). Characteristically, the orifices of the salivary glands are dilated, and pressure on the lip may produce mucous or mucopustular fluid from the ductal openings. Crusting and erosions may also occur.
Laboratory tests Histopathological examination.
Differential diagnosis Cheilitis granulomatosa, Melkersson–Rosenthal syndrome, Crohn disease, sarcoidosis, cystic fibrosis.
Treatment Supportive. Vermilionectomy only in severe cases.