Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2013 Nov;56(11):717-720. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2013.56.11.717.

A Case of Facial Palsy Following Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology of Parotid Lymphangioma

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. ojhent@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a highly accurate and safe procedure for the evaluation of salivary gland lesions. Although complications are extremely rare, salivary gland FNA may cause hemorrhage, facial nerve injury, or cellulitis at the entry point. The risk of these complications increases in tumors of high vascularity. We report a case of unexpected facial nerve palsy following a fine needle aspiration in a patient with lymphangioma. The patient received a total parotidectomy with preservation of the facial nerve function, and recovered without developing complications after the surgery.

Keyword

Facial palsy; Fine needle aspiration; Lymphangioma; Parotid gland

MeSH Terms

Biopsy, Fine-Needle*
Cell Biology*
Cellulitis
Facial Nerve
Facial Nerve Injuries
Facial Paralysis*
General Surgery
Hemorrhage
Humans
Lymphangioma*
Paralysis
Parotid Gland
Salivary Glands
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