A Rare Case of Suppurative Parotitis with Facial Nerve Palsy (Short Report)


Parotid mass causing facial nerve palsy is rare, and is associated with malignant tumours. Acute infection or abscess leading to facial nerve palsy is an extremely rare complication. A literature review revealed only 16 cases of facial nerve palsy associated with suppurative parotitis or parotid abscess. We present a case of deep parotid abscess which is complicated by facial nerve dysfunction.

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Kanzhuly, M. , Gupta, D. and Muralidharan, C. (2014) A Rare Case of Suppurative Parotitis with Facial Nerve Palsy. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 3, 248-251. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2014.35045.

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