Endoscopic-assisted resection of pleomorphic adenoma in the accessory parotid gland

Kazuaki Hasegawa, Shintaro Sukegawa, Sawako Ono, Midori Ando, Akane Shibata, Yuka Sukegawa-Takahashi, Ai Fujimura, Tamamo Matsuyama, Soichiro Ibaragi, Hitoshi Nagatsuka, Koichi Mizobuchi, Akira Sasaki, Yoshihiko Furuki

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Background: An accessory parotid gland (APG) is a common anatomical structure that occurs in 10%– 56% of individuals. Pleomorphic adenomas are the most common benign tumors of the APG, and their ideal treatment is surgical excision, although there is a risk for aesthetic disorders and facial nerve damage due to the site of origin. Moreover, despite being benign, these tumors are known to recur. Therefore, it is necessary to achieve both reliable excision and avoidance of facial nerve damage. Case presentation: We report a case of a 49-year-old Japanese man with a mass in his left cheek. The lesion was diagnosed as a benign salivary gland tumor derived from the APG by computed tomography imaging, magnetic resonance imaging and fine needle aspiration cytology. We resected the tumor using modified high submandibular incision under the endoscop-ic-assisted field of view. Discussion and Conclusions: The tumor was less invasive and reliably resected using an endoscope. In surgical treatment, the endoscopic-assisted technique is very useful to achieve complete tumor resection and prevent relapse while avoiding serious complications due to surgical procedures. J. Med. Invest. 68: 376-380, August, 2021.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-380
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Investigation
Issue number3.4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Accessory parotid gland
  • Endoscopy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pleomorphic adenoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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