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January 23, 1978

Desmoid Tumor Presenting as a Parotid Mass

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.

JAMA. 1978;239(4):337-339. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280310069024

THE DESMOID tumor is an aggressively proliferating, musculoaponeurotic tumor commonly arising from the abdominal musculature. Infrequently, it may arise from other locations such as the shoulder girdle1 or pelvic musculature.2 The rarity of this lesion in the parotid area prompted us to report this case.

Report of a Case  A 26-year-old woman was admitted to Grady Memorial Hospital complaining of a mass behind her right jaw bone. She had noticed this mass six months prior to admission and it had been enlarging progressively since then. Significant past history included extraction of carious teeth six years previously and childhood illnesses such as mumps, measles, and chickenpox. Her last pregnancy had been eight years prior to admission. She had no history of nor was she presently taking any medications including methysergide maleate. Physical examination results showed a 6×4-cm hard, slightly tender mass in the right parotid area extending below the