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Clinical Challenges in Otolaryngology
October 1999

Conservative vs Superficial Parotidectomy for Benign Lesions of the Parotid Tail

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;125(10):1166-1167. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.10.1166

Dissecting the inferior division of the facial nerve and removing the inferior half of the superficial lobe is more than sufficient treatment for a 3-cm pleomorphic adenoma of the tail of the parotid gland. Although the classic superficial lobectomy is taught in our residency programs and recommended in our textbooks for a tumor as presented in the stated hypothesis, most experienced parotid surgeons I know terminate their resections when an adequate margin is obtained.

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