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Lymphoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid gland, a very unusual tumor: Case report and review

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September 19, 2013
by Natarajan Anantharajan, MRCS, MCh; Nagamuttu Ravindranathan, FRCS, FDRCS; Pathmanathan Rajadurai, MBBS, FRCPA


Lymphoepithelial carcinoma (LEC) of the parotid gland is rare. When it does occur, it is usually seen in Asians and Greenland Eskimos. An association with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection has been documented. We report a case of EBV-associated LEC of the parotid gland in a 30-year-old Chinese woman. The patient underwent a total parotidectomy with preservation of the facial nerve, followed by postoperative radiotherapy. She recovered well without complications or recurrence. We present this case in view of the rarity of LEC, which has prevented extensive study of its clinical course, optimal treatment options, and overall prognosis.

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