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Use of Sternocleidomastoid Flap in Parotid Surgeries: Our Experience

Shivangi Trivedi, Niral Modi

Keywords : Parotid swelling, Parotidectomy, Sternocleidomastoid

Citation Information : Trivedi S, Modi N. Use of Sternocleidomastoid Flap in Parotid Surgeries: Our Experience. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2023; 15 (3):169-170.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1479

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 09-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Salivary gland tumors account for 3% of all head and neck tumors, among which parotid gland tumors account for 80% of all salivary gland neoplasms. Superficial or deep parotidectomy is routinely advised according to the extent of the tumor. Surgery is challenging due to the close relation of the seventh cranial nerve to the parotid gland. Although facial nerve palsy being the most dreaded complication, patients also complain of facial contour deformity. In this study, we have divided the patients who presented with parotid swellings and underwent parotidectomy into two groups with and without the usage of the sternocleidomastoid flap. The sternocleidomastoid flap is an acceptable modality to fill the depressed concave facial contour in parotidectomy patients, which helps in decreasing the incidence of skin necrosis and Frey's syndrome and also helps in a significant degree of patient satisfaction.

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