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March 1983

Benign Parotid Tumors

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Norfolk, Va

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(3):199. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800170065017

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To the Editor.—This is written in further discussion of the subject of facial paralysis in the presence of a benign parotid tumor. A similar case was recently presented in the Archives (1982;108:458-459) concerning a 76-year-old man with an oncocytoma.

I would like to add a case and mention a previous case published in the ARCHIVES entitled "Facial Nerve Paralysis Secondary to Benign Parotid Tumor" (1969;90:603), which concerned a 70-year-old woman who had a benign mixed tumor.

My patient was a 75-year-old man first seen in June 1965 with a history of acute and somewhat uncomfortable swelling of the right jaw and complete facial paralysis two weeks prior. There was no fever noted. His family physician had put him on a regimen of antibiotics. The swelling diminished, and his paralysis improved a great deal over a period of four days. When I saw him he had a partial peripheral facial

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