The use of the “puffed-cheek” computed tomography technique to confirm the diagnosis of pneumoparotitis


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Pneumoparotitis is a rare etiology of symptomatic parotid gland enlargement that is often misdiagnosed clinically. Pneumoparotitis results from air refluxing into the parotid ductal system via an incompetent Stensen duct orifice. We report a protracted case of pneumoparotitis evaluated with the “puffed-cheek” computed tomography technique to help confirm the diagnosis.