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Keywords:

  • Frequent recurrence;
  • early reoperation;
  • pleomorphic adenoma

Abstract

Five pleomorphic, one monomorphic adenoma and one acinic cell lower pole parotid tumours were thought to be lymph nodes and enucleated. Wide excision of the operative site within 2 months revealed microscopic recurrence in three cases. Three carcinomas were enucleated and two had recurred rapidly. It is suggested that such cases of inadvertent enucleation should undergo wide resection of the operative site with nerve dissection.