Unilateral absence of the parotid gland: a rare disorder
Salih Bakır 1 * , Hatice Gümüş, Aydın Varolgüneş, Faruk Meriç
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1 Dicle University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ear Nose & Throat, Turkey* Corresponding Author


Unilateral agenesis of the parotid gland is an extremely rare disorder. Only a few cases have been reported in the literature. Although this entity is usually asymptomatic, sometimes it may be important. For an example the normal parotid gland can be thought like a tumor due to the facial asymmetry. Accompanied by clinical and radiological findings, we present a case of unilateral parotid gland agenesis without involvement of other major salivary glands and together with a compensatory hypertrophy of the contralateral parotid gland.


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Article Type: Case Report

J Clin Exp Invest, 2011, Volume 2, Issue 1, 88-99


Publication date: 11 Mar 2011

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