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May 1971

Parotid-Antral Fistula: Complication of Facial Fracture

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(5):519-520. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060765016

A patient had a persistent parotid-antral fistula after fracture of the zygomaticomaxillary compound. The fistula failed to close after fat obliteration of the maxillary sinus, but superficial parotidectomy resulted in a cure. The possible mechanism of fistula creation and alternate treatment methods are discussed. A search of the literature and of a series of cases from the University of Colorado Medical Center failed to reveal a similar case.

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