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March 1974

The Intratympanic Correction of Frey Syndrome

Author Affiliations

New York
From the departments of otolaryngology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; and City Hospital Center at Elmhurst (NY).

Arch Surg. 1974;108(3):366-368. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350270096018

Gustatory flushing and sweating is a common complication of parotidectomy. This syndrome, usually called Frey syndrome, is presumed to arise from aberrant innervation of sweat glands in the skin overlying the parotid excision. The auriculotemporal nerve carries postganglionic parasympathetic fibers that have preganglionic origins in the tympanic plexus. Sectioning of the tympanic plexus in four patients with Frey syndrome has been successful in terminating these symptoms.