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Classification of parotidectomies: a proposal of the European Salivary Gland Society

A Letter to the Editor to this article was published on 25 July 2016

A Letter to the Editor to this article was published on 06 April 2016

Abstract

The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive classification system for parotidectomy operations. Data sources include Medline publications, author’s experience, and consensus round table at the Third European Salivary Gland Society (ESGS) Meeting. The Medline database was searched with the term “parotidectomy” and “definition”. The various definitions of parotidectomy procedures and parotid gland subdivisions extracted. Previous classification systems re-examined and a new classification proposed by a consensus. The ESGS proposes to subdivide the parotid parenchyma in five levels: I (lateral superior), II (lateral inferior), III (deep inferior), IV (deep superior), V (accessory). A new classification is proposed where the type of resection is divided into formal parotidectomy with facial nerve dissection and extracapsular dissection. Parotidectomies are further classified according to the levels removed, as well as the extra-parotid structures ablated. A new classification of parotidectomy procedures is proposed.

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Quer, M., Guntinas-Lichius, O., Marchal, F. et al. Classification of parotidectomies: a proposal of the European Salivary Gland Society. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 273, 3307–3312 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00405-016-3916-6

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Keywords

  • Parotid neoplasm
  • Parotid tumors
  • Parotid benign tumors
  • Parotid malignant tumors
  • Parotid gland
  • Parotid gland surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Parotidectomy classification
  • Extracapsular resection