New Study Reveals Importance of Thorough Accessory Parotid Gland Examination Alongside Parotidectomy

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World-renowned parotid gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery, comments on a new study indicating the role of the accessory parotid gland in the development of re-occurring salivary gland tumors after a parotidectomy.

Babak Larian
When I perform a parotidectomy for a patient, I’m surrounded by world-renowned doctors from multiple specialties. Together, we’re able to bring the best possible outcomes to every patient we work with.

World-renowned parotid gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery, comments on a new study indicating the role of the accessory parotid gland in the development of re-occurring salivary gland tumors after a parotidectomy.

According to recent findings made public by the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, complete examination of the accessory parotid gland when a patient is undergoing surgery for the removal of a parotid gland tumor is critical to ensure no additional tumors are present. The study examined 488 individuals, of whom six experienced accessory parotid gland tumors in conjunction with a mid-cheek mass. As the research suggested, whenever a mid-cheek mass is present, head and neck surgeons should take precautions to discover whether or not additional accessory parotid gland tumors are present.

“The information presented in this research is extremely critical for all head and neck surgeons who deal with parotid gland tumors. Discovering tumors in the accessory parotid gland now will save the patient from a second surgery in the future, ultimately allowing us to provide much better care,” said expert parotid gland surgeon Dr. Larian.

The accessory parotid gland, also known as APG, is additional salivary tissue completely separate from the parotid gland itself. Though accessory parotid gland tumors are exceptionally rare and were only found in 1.23% of test subjects in this study, they occur most commonly in the buccal area, also known as the cheek. Because the accessory parotid glands are separate from the actual parotid gland, tumors are not always found right away.

“Even though accessory parotid gland tumors are extremely rare, I always make sure to examine the are to make sure my patients aren’t experiencing malignant or benign growths,” said Dr. Larian. “The only way to ensure health is to be as thorough as possible.”

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian ensures complete safety for his patients by utilizing a team of experts during the performance of each and every minimally invasive parotidectomy.

“When I perform a parotidectomy for a patient, I’m surrounded by world-renowned doctors from multiple specialties. Together, we’re able to bring the best possible outcomes to every patient we work with,” said Dr. Larian.

Dr. Larian is a board certified head and neck surgeon with an extensive training and knowledge in the treatment and management of various salivary gland disorders through advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures. Upon receiving his medical degree from the well-respected University of California—Irvine, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Larian currently holds the prestigious title of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at the highly regarded Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

For additional information regarding thyroid expert Dr. Larian or to schedule an appointment, please call (310) 461-03100 or visit http://www.ParotidMD.com.

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