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Carcinoma of the prostate presenting as a painful parotid mass with mandibular invasion: A case report

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December 1, 2009
by Christian S. Head, MD, Khashayar Hematpour, MD, Joel Sercarz, MD, Quang Luu, MD, and Carol J. Bennett, MD

Abstract

Prostate cancer metastatic to the parotid gland is exceedingly rare, as only 10 cases have been previously reported in the literature. Symptoms may mimic a parotid infection or suggest a primary parotid tumor. We report a new case of carcinoma of the prostate metastatic to the parotid. The tumor was painful and had invaded the mandible. Fine-needle aspiration of the mass and immunohistochemical staining for prostate-specific antigen confirmed the diagnosis. The patient died 1 month later of an unrelated cause.

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