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Chronic parotitis: A challenging disease entity

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March 1, 2011
by John M. Harbison, MD, Benjamin D. Liess, MD, Jerry W. Templer, MD, Robert P. Zitsch III, MD, and Jessica A. Wieberg, MD


Chronic parotitis is a troubling clinical condition characterized by repeated infection and inflammation of the parotid gland caused by decreased salivary flow or obstruction. Unilateral swelling, pain, and other associated symptoms occur during acute exacerbations of the disease. A variety of laboratory and radiographic tools are available to aid in the diagnosis. Multiple treatment options have been proposed, ranging from conservative medical management to surgical interventions. We present 2 patients with bilateral chronic parotitis who attempted prolonged medical management and ultimately required surgical parotidectomy for control of their disease.

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