Journal of Cancer Therapy

Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2020)

ISSN Print: 2151-1934   ISSN Online: 2151-1942

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Complications of Parotid Surgery—10 Years’ Experience

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DOI: 10.4236/jct.2020.115025    201 Downloads   539 Views  


Background: Parotid surgery with dissection of the facial nerve branches is a technically challenging surgery. Even in experienced hands, parotidectomy has well-documented post-operative complications. We aim to evaluate complications following parotid surgery. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 187 patients who underwent parotidectomy from January 2010 to January 2020 performed in surgical oncology department South Egypt Cancer Institute, Assiut University, from patients (57.3% males and 42.7% females, average age 42.96 years). Results: 78.4% Patients had benign tumors, the most frequent being pleomorphic adenoma 55.1% followed by Warthin’s tumour 16.9%, and 21.6% malignant tumors, mucoepidermoid carcinoma being the most frequent. Superficial parotidectomy was the most common surgery 40.4% performed followed by 25.3%, total conservative parotidectomy, while 1.1%, underwent radical parotidectomy, (extended radical parotidectomy was performed 2.2%), and revision total parotidectomy (Recurrence 6.7%, and parotidectomy with modified radical neck dissection (MRND) 7.9%. The most common complication following parotidectomy was transient facial nerve palsy 21.3%. Permanent facial nerve paresis was observed in 3.9%, sensory deficit in 20.2%, sialocele in 6.7%, hematoma formation 3.4% and wound infection in 7.3%, and recurrence 7.3%. Frey’s syndrome occurred in 7.3% and salivary fistula 5.1%. Conclusion: Parotidectomy is safe procedure causing minimal complications. Transient facial palsy is the most common postoperative complication.

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Zedan, A. , Rezk, K. , Elshenawy, A. , Nabih, O. and Atta, H. (2020) Complications of Parotid Surgery—10 Years’ Experience. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 11, 306-323. doi: 10.4236/jct.2020.115025.

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