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July 1965

Primary Cancer of Stensen's Duct

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; clinical assistant professors of Surgery (Drs. Gaisford and Hanna); clinical instructor of anesthesiology and anatomy, University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry (Dr. Sotereanos).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(1):45-48. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010047011

Introduction  THE RECENT appearance of several apparently primary tumors of Stensen's duct has prompted us to look more closely into this entity. It has become quite clear that this is a most unusual primary neoplasm, and references to such a tumor are scanty indeed.The management of this primary tumor is not clearly defined in any text with which we are acquainted, and, in our opinion, this is a very serious and difficult problem.

Etiology  The etiology of a tumor of the parotid duct is no more obvious than the etiology of a tumor of the associated salivary gland. It has been stated by some that the irritation of teeth, real or false, on the exit of the parotid duct may initiate the formation of a tumor, but there is no reasonable evidence to support such a theory. The cause is therefore not known.

Diagnosis  The diagnosis of a tumor

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