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Patient With a Parotid Mass

Richard V. Smith, MD
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(5):508-512. doi:10.1001/archoto.2011.59.
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The contemporary workup of a patient with a solitary parotid mass is discussed. This discussion is directed, with a limited review of the current literature, and is meant to provide a succinct topic review and to facilitate additional study of the topic.

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Figure 1.

Soft-tissue window axial computed tomographic scan at the level of the midportion of the parotid gland demonstrating a well-defined anterior right parotid mass that is superficial to the posterior facial vein.

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Figure 2.

T2-weighted axial magnetic resonance image through the middle of the parotid gland showing a clearly defined mass at the anterior aspect of the right parotid gland (different case from that shown in Figure 1).

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