European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 265, Issue 6, pp 709–711 | Cite as

Parotid gland metastasis from glioblastoma multiforme: a case report and review of the literature

  • Marcel Kraft
  • Florian Lang
  • Richard Braunschweig
  • Robert-Charles Janzer
Case Report


We describe a rare case of glioblastoma multiforme with extracranial metastasis to the right parotid gland. A 58-year-old man presented with a parotid tumor and facial paralysis 15 months after craniotomy and partial lobectomy for glioblastoma multiforme of the right temporal lobe. Diagnosis was confirmed by ultrasound guided core-needle biopsy. By this means, a second hospitalization with open surgical biopsy of the parotid gland under general anesthesia for diagnosis only was avoided in this obviously palliative situation. The possible mechanisms of metastasic spread in this highly aggressive tumor and its diagnostic investigation are discussed and compared with the literature.


Parotid gland Metastasis Glioblastoma multiforme Ultrasound Core-needle biopsy 



We would like to thank Warren Jacobs for the correction and revision of our manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Kraft
    • 1
  • Florian Lang
    • 2
  • Richard Braunschweig
    • 3
  • Robert-Charles Janzer
    • 3
  1. 1.The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Kantonsspital AarauAarauSwitzerland
  2. 2.The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity Hospital of Lausanne LausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.The Department of PathologyUniversity Hospital of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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