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Letters to the Editor
April 2000

The Fallacy of Preventing Frey Syndrome During Parotidectomy—Reply

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(4):556-557. doi:

In reply

We would like to thank Dr Kornblut for his comments. Despite the conflicting tone of his letter, there is little in our article that is in direct contradiction with his statements.

• Giving appropriate credit. Dr Kornblut seems to disagree with the credit we gave him in our article1 regarding the use of some form of a barrier between the remnants of parotid salivary tissue and the skin flap. He cites reputable and creative surgeons such as Adolf Miehlke and John Conley, who apparently used the stemocleidomastoid muscle flap technique during parotidectomy for several years before the 1974 article by Kornblut et al2 was published. So be it, and those interested in the history of head and neck surgery3 should appreciate his comments. However, we were unable to find a specific reference, and Dr Kornblut fails to provide one.

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