Intraparotid neurofibromatosis

June 4, 2012
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Head and Neck Clinic

Neurofibromas, which occur in the peripheral nervous system, frequently begin asymptomatically, but as they grow and compress underlying nerve fascicles, they can cause pain, weakness, and numbness.

            Neurofibroma of the parotid gland is extremely rare. When it does occur, it is usually seen in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). We encountered a case of intraparotid neurofibromatosis that arose in the absence of a definitive diagnosis of NF-1.

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CitationEar Nose Throat J. 2012 June;91(6):236