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WHEN IS A PAROTIDECTOMY PERFORMED?

Broadly speaking, there are two main reasons to perform a parotidectomy.

1) Any mass in the parotid gland is considered abnormal. In general, a parotid mass which does not resolve with time, is an indication for surgery. Prior to surgery however, a thorough evaluation with fine needle aspiration biopsy and CT/or MRI scanning should reveal whether the mass is benign or malignant. Malignant tumors, are usually treated with a total parotidectomy. Benign masses may be treated with a superficial or partial parotidectomy.

2) Chronic parotid gland infections which are unresponsive to normal therapies is an indication for surgery.