An extremely rare occurrence, a parotid cyst is a painless swelling or mass that forms in the parotid glands. Treatment for this condition typically involves surgery to remove the growth.
An overview of Parotid Cysts
A parotid cyst is a painless swelling or mass that forms in the major salivary glands, also known as the parotid glands. Although the specific cause of this condition is unknown, parotid cysts commonly occur in patients with HIV.
A rare condition, parotid cysts account for approximately five percent of salivary gland tumors and are typically not attached to the facial nerve. Because parotid cysts continue to grow over time and are prone to infection, it is important to have them surgically removed to prevent long-term complications.
When a patient arrives at the CENTER experiencing swelling of the parotid gland, Dr. Larian will perform a physical examination, imaging tests and a fine needle biopsy to determine whether the mass is cancerous. However, the only way to provide a definitive diagnosis is to excise the cyst and perform a histopathology examination.
Treatment of Parotid Cysts
Treatment for parotid cysts involves a precise surgical procedure. Because the parotid gland is located close to the delicate facial nerve, any surgery concerning this area should only be performed by an experienced specialist to reduce the risk of complications.
A board-certified head and neck surgeon, Dr. Larian uses minimally invasive techniques to treat a number of parotid gland conditions -- including parotid cysts -- through a minute incision and the use of an endoscope. The result is the successful resolution of the condition with little to no damage to the surrounding tissues and a swift recovery period.
During surgery for the removal of a parotid cyst, Dr. Larian works closely with leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh. Together, they remove the cyst while taking great care to preserve the delicate facial nerve and achieve a surgical outcome that is both functionally and aesthetically successful.
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Led by board-certified parotid surgeon, Dr. Babak Larian, our team of specialists has decades of experience successfully diagnosing and treating diseases of the parotid glands with minimally invasive procedures. Distinguished by our compassionate care and cutting-edge techniques, the CENTER has developed a reputation for delivering the best parotid tumor surgery available.Learn More >>
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