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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

On-line version ISSN 2173-9161Print version ISSN 1130-0558


CHIESA ESTOMBA, Carlos Miguel; ARAUJO DA COSTA, Ana Sofía; RIVERA SCHMITZ, Teresa  and  GONZALEZ CORTES, María Jesús. Tuberculosis of parotid gland. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2016, vol.38, n.3, pp.159-161. ISSN 2173-9161.

Tuberculosis is currently one of the most important re-emerging infections worldwide. Up to 20% of cases are extra-thoracic. However, the presence of parotid tuberculosis is uncommon even in developing countries where the incidence of this disease is higher. The case of an 83 year-old patient is presented who had a tumour in the parotid region of 4 weeks onset, and with no previous personal history. Clinical examination revealed a mass of approximately 3 × 2 cm in the left parotid. It was not painful on palpation and there was no evidence of cervical lymph node involvement. After inconclusive radiological examination and fine needle aspiration, an excision of the lesion was performed, and the specimen sent for a PCR study. This confirmed the diagnosis of parotid tuberculosis, and after receiving additional tuberculosis treatment the patient was discharged due to remission of the disease.

Keywords : Tuberculosis; Gland; Parotid.

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