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Parotid Tumors: How Rare are They?

Vadisha S Bhat, Rajeshwary Aroor, Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Anusha S Shetty, KS Gangadhara Somayaji

Citation Information : Bhat VS, Aroor R, Bhandary SK, Shetty AS, Somayaji KG. Parotid Tumors: How Rare are They?. Int J Head Neck Surg 2014; 5 (3):126-129.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1197

Published Online: 01-12-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).



Salivary gland neoplasms are uncommon, but they are of much interest and debate because of their remarkable variability in structure, clinical presentation, and behavior. We have studied 56 cases of parotid tumors and shared our views on the diagnosis and management of these rare tumors.

Materials and methods

Fifty-six patients with parotid swelling presented to us over a period of 5 years. Preoperatively, all these patients were evaluated with fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Depending on the report, they were subjected to further treatment.


Out of 56 cases, 44 (79%) were benign and 12 (21%) were malignant. Pleomorphic adenoma being the commonest benign tumor [32 cases (72%)] and among the malignant tumors, mucoepidermoid carcinoma was the commonest. Parotidectomy is the gold standard treatment for both the benign and malignant parotid tumors.


Parotid tumors are a rare entity. Among which benign tumors are more common than malignant. An accurate diagnosis preoperatively and timely surgical management would reduce the recurrence rate and risk of complications.

How to cite this article

Aroor R, Shetty AS, Bhandary SK, Bhat VS, Somayaji KSG. Parotid Tumors: How Rare are They? Int J Head Neck Surg 2014;5(3):126-129.

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