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Gustatory itching: an unusual complication following superficial parotidectomy.
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PMID:  20482949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: We report the previously undocumented complication of gustatory itching following superficial parotidectomy.
METHOD: Case report and review of the English literature concerning Frey's syndrome, complications of superficial parotidectomy and the pathophysiology of itching.
RESULTS: A 49-year-old woman developed gustatory itching following a superficial parotidectomy. Her symptoms were satisfactorily managed with topical and oral antihistamine preparations. We propose a neurophysiological pathway involving acetylcholine and histamine to explain this phenomenon.
CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first documented case of gustatory itching following superficial parotidectomy. The use of antihistamine preparations appears to effectively manage this symptom, without the need for invasive procedures.
R Ricks; R Banga; M Porter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-05-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1227-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
ENT Department, Worcester Royal Hospital, UK.
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