Arch Hellen Med, 16(4), July-August 1999, 385-388
A nine-year retrospective study of parotid tumors
P. DOXAS, C. PAPADAKIS, G. VELEGRAKIS,
A. NIKOLIDAKIS, C. SKOULAKIS, E. HELIDONIS
ENT Department, University Hospital of Crete, Heraklion, Crete
During the last 9 years 61 patients were operated on for parotid tumors in the ENT Department of the University Hospital of Crete. Mixed tumors accounted for 25% of the parotid tumors, Warthin's tumor for 11%, other benign tumors for 16%, and all the malignant tumors for 21%. Pain was the most common symptom occurring in 62% of the patients with malignant parotid tumors, whereas pain was a symptom in only 4% of the benign tumors. Superficial parotidectomy was performed in 74%, total parotidectomy in 16% and "shelling out" in 10%. The facial nerve was sacrificed in 5% due to its involvement with the tumor, while a temporary paresis of facial nerve was noted in 18% of the patients. No recurrence was observed during follow-up of the benign tumors. Two malignant tumors metastasized to distant sites two years after surgery.
Key words: Facial nerve, Parotid gland, Parotid gland tumors, Parotidectomy.