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Elective neck dissection versus observation in primary parotid carcinoma.
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PMID:  15746848     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of elective neck dissection in the clinically negative neck of patients with primary carcinoma of the parotid gland. Study design and setting A retrospective analysis was undertaken at a university Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery on 83 previously untreated patients with primary carcinoma of the parotid gland and a clinically negative neck. The reliability of fine needle aspiration cytology, frozen section, and the clinico-pathologic findings of patients with occult neck metastases were analyzed. The regional recurrence rate and the outcome were compared among 2 groups; one with elective neck dissection (N = 41) and one without elective neck dissection (N = 42).
RESULTS: The diagnosis of malignancy was known preoperatively in 59 (71%) cases, the exact histologic tumor type in 36 (43%) and the grade in 37 (44%) of 83 cases. Occult metastases were detected in 8 (20%) of 41 cNO patients, in 5 cases associated with a high-grade and in 3 cases with a low-grade carcinoma. Recurrence of disease developed in 5 (12%) patients in the elective neck dissection group and in 11 (26%) patients in the observation group. All of the 7 neck recurrences occurred in the observation group. The 5-year actuarial and disease-free survival rate was 80% and 86% for patients with elective neck dissection and 83% and 69% for patients without neck dissection. Conclusion and significance A routine elective neck dissection is suggested in all patients with primary carcinoma of the parotid gland. The efficacy of elective neck dissection, nevertheless, has never been evaluated prospectively.
P Zbären; J Schüpbach; M Nuyens; E Stauffer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery     Volume:  132     ISSN:  0194-5998     ISO Abbreviation:  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-04     Completed Date:  2005-04-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508176     Medline TA:  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery, University Hospital, Berne, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy, Needle
Carcinoma / pathology*,  surgery*
Frozen Sections
Middle Aged
Neck Dissection*
Parotid Neoplasms / pathology*,  surgery*
Reproducibility of Results
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Elective

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