• Vol. 35 No. 12, 889–891
  • 15 December 2006

Benign Parotid Lesions: Is Near Total Parotidectomy Justified?



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Introduction: Benign tumours of the parotid gland constitute about 80% of parotid tumours. The most common benign tumour of the parotid gland is pleomorphic adenoma. Other conditions, like Kimura’s disease, may mimic a tumour when they present as a parotid mass. Various modes of treatment have been advocated for the treatment of benign parotid lesions, ranging from enucleation to near-total parotidectomy.

Material and Methods: This is an audit of an 18-year period where 173 lesions of the parotid gland (34 malignant and 139 benign lesions) were treated by the author.

Results: There were 139 benign lesions, of which 123 were benign tumours and 16 non-tumour conditions. Fourteen cases of recurrent pleomorphic adenoma of parotid that had been treated elsewhere were also operated on. Near-total parotidectomy was performed on all these cases with benign lesions.

Conclusions: There has been no recurrence in all the patients who was treated this way. Near-total parotidectomy should be considered when there is a need to treat benign parotid swellings.

Benign lesions of the parotid gland constitute about 80% of parotid tumours. They include various lesions (Table 1), the commonest being pleomorphic adenoma, followed by adenolymphoma.

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