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Pediatr Surg Int. 2005 May;21(5):377-80. Epub 2005 Apr 2.

Acinic cell carcinoma of the parotid gland in a child.

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Division of Head and Neck, Cancer Institute Hospital, 1-37-1 Kami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8455, Japan.


Acinic cell carcinoma of the parotid gland in children is an extremely rare occurrence. We present a 13-year-old girl with acinic cell carcinoma of the parotid gland. Removal of the superficial lobe of the parotid gland (superficial parotidectomy) was performed because the tumor was completely encapsulated by fibrous tissue and had not invaded the deep parotid gland. There is no clinical evidence of recurrence or metastasis 4 years after surgery. In our view, when tumors are completely encapsulated and do not adhere to the facial nerves, superficial parotidectomy is the best surgical treatment in children.

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