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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Jul;273(7):1879-83. doi: 10.1007/s00405-015-3691-9. Epub 2015 Jun 30.

Small access postaural parotidectomy: an analysis of techniques, feasibility and safety.

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Hong Kong Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Centre, Room 1213, Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, SAR, China.


For cosmetic consideration of parotidectomy, the surgical approaches have evolved from Blair incision through modified facelift incision to postaural-hairline incision. The present study aims at evaluating the feasibility and safety of the new technique of postaural approach. Parotidectomy was performed with a 4-5 cm incision in the postaural sulcus. There were 69 patients who were assessed pre-operatively feasible for consideration of the postaural parotidectomy. There were 56 (81 %) patients who could have the postaural parotidectomy successfully without complications. The minimally invasive postaural approach is a further step in cosmetic consideration of parotidectomy. It is a feasible and safe approach for most small to medium size benign parotid tumors located in the mid and lower pole regions of the parotid gland.


Minimally invasive parotidectomy; Parotid tumor; Parotidectomy; Postaural parotidectomy

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