Intraparotid neurofibromatosis presenting with multiple nodules

June 11, 2013
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Head and Neck Clinic

Often asymptomatic initially, neurofibromas may cause pain, weakness, and numbness as they grow as a result of compression of the underlying nerve fascicles.

Neurofibroma of the parotid gland is extremely rare. When it does occur, it usually does so in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). We describe a case of intraparotid neurofibromatosis that was even more unusual because it occurred in the absence of a definitive diagnosis of NF-1 and because the patient had multiple nodules.

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