A rare case of parotid gland lipoma arising from the deep lo
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Lipomas are the most commonly encountered benign mesenchymal tumors, arising in any location where fat is normally present. Their occurrence in the head and neck is rare, even more at the level of the parotid region where they may occur adjacent to the parotid capsule, inside the capsule, or within the substance of the gland. Moreover, lipomas involving the deep parotid lobe are extremely unusual and are not often considered in differential diagnosis. Occasionally, an intracapsular lipoma may be associated with intracapsular degeneration of the gland. Concerning the age of onset, lipomas are most common from the fifth to the sixth decades of life. Males are 10 times more affected than females. Surgical excision of these tumors is always necessary for definitive diagnosis, but it is challenging because of the facial nerve which courses throughout the parotid gland and could be damaged during surgery if not performed traditionally and by experienced hands.The authors present a rare case of parotid gland lipoma arising from deep lobe and discuss diagnostic tools and surgical technique

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