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August 1977

Venous Aneurysms of the Parotid Gland

Author Affiliations

From the Laboratory Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Long Beach, Calif, and the Department of Pathology, California College of Medicine, University of California at Irvine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(8):493-495. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780250087011

•Venous aneurysms of the parotid gland are rare lesions that have distinctive clinicopathologic features. Clinically, they appear suddenly and manifest as masses in the parotid area. Characteristically, these masses are compressible, fill on release of pressure, and increase in size when the head is lowered below the heart and when the Valsalva maneuver is performed. Also, venous aneurysms are nonpulsatile. Definitive diagnosis, however, requires phlebography. Pathologically, these lesions represent aneurysmal dilatation of a segment of a vein and are frequently thrombosed. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice.

(Arch Otolaryngol 103:493-495, 1977)

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