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Letters to the Editor
April 2000

The Fallacy of Preventing Frey Syndrome During Parotidectomy

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(4):556. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.4.556

An article by Paul Dulguerov et al1 that was published in the August 1999 issue of the ARCHIVES requires a response. Their report titled "Prevention of Frey Syndrome During Parotidectomy" acknowledges an article that I wrote in 1974 with Peter Westphal and Adolf Mielhlke2 concerning our experience with the use of a sternomastoid muscle flap to prevent the occurrence of the Frey syndrome. Dr Dulguerov and coworkers credit me with the "idea" for the use of the muscle as a barrier, but he and his coauthors did not read our article carefully.

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