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Laryngoscope. 1990 Feb;100(2 Pt 1):146-8.

Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the parotid gland.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195-5034.


Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the parotid gland is an uncommon malignancy. It can be diagnosed only after squamous cell carcinoma metastatic to the parotid gland has been excluded. Histologic evaluation must differentiate primary squamous cell carcinoma from high-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma or adenocarcinoma. Retrospective review of parotid gland neoplasms seen in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders between 1972 and 1987 identified eight cases for an incidence of 1.8%. The majority of these patients had advanced disease and were treated with both surgery and radiation therapy. Fifty percent of the cases demonstrated no evidence of disease at an average follow-up of 29 months.

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