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General E.N.T.
March 1962

Parotid Gland Surgery

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(3):270-273. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040278017

The lesson to be learned from this case report lies in the proper method of management and the bold surgical approach in attacking the inflammatory cyst in the deeper portion of the parotid gland. Swellings in the region of the parotid gland have always been a challenge in their diagnosis as well as their individual management. The various masses and tumefactions that can develop in this region always present an exercise in astute physical diagnosis that may tax one's ability. Cysts themselves are not especially uncommon, but their management and proper handling may be a source of prime concern. These cysts become more challenging when one considers their intimate relationship to the facial nerve along with their prognosis.5-7

It is felt that the surgeon should be especially trained in the intimate anatomy of the facial nerve outside the skull. He should be able to explore the parotid gland depending

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