Parotid enlargement

Last revised by Dr Yusra Sheikh on 26 Aug 2021

Parotid enlargement (also known as parotidomegaly) has a wide differential given the significant breadth of pathology that can affect the parotid gland. These can be separated by the standard surgical sieve approach into infective, inflammatory, immune, neoplastic, infiltrative, and congenital causes.

Differential diagnosis

Infection
Inflammatory
Immune-mediated
Miscellaneous
Neoplastic

See also: salivary gland tumors

Congenital

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: parotid lipoma
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  • Case 2: parotid lymphoepithelial cyst
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  • Case 3: parotid lipoma
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  • Case 4: acute parotitis
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  • Case 5: parotid gland lymphoma - bilateral
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  • Case 6: parotid gland abscess
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  • Case 7: acute parotitis
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  • Case 8: sarcoidosis
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