Accessory parotid malignancy requiring ductal transection

February 12, 2014
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Head and Neck Clinic

While malignancies of the accessory parotid gland are rare, when they do occur they jeopardize ductal integrity.

The patient is a 41-year-old woman who presented with a 1 year history of a painful left cheek mass. She denied weight loss, fevers, chills, or difficulty tolerating a normal diet. However, she presented for removal because of persistent pain. On exam, a 1.0 x 1.0-cm mass was palpated in the left cheek, overlying the masticator muscle.

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