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oral cavity and oropharynx squamous cell carcinoma with metastasis to the parotid lymph nodes

Friday 26 September 2014

Oral and oropharyngeal SCC can metastasize to the intraparotid lymph nodes. The inferior parotid nodes are most commonly involved, and patients generally have substantial associated cervical metastases.

When treating patients who have oral or oropharyngeal cancer with substantial cervical metastasis, physicians should consider removing the inferior parotid lymph nodes.

When intraparotid lymph node metastasis is detected, total parotidectomy and multidisciplinary adjuvant therapy should be conducted.

References

- Oral cavity and oropharynx squamous cell carcinoma with metastasis to the parotid lymph nodes. Olsen SM, Moore EJ, Koch CA, Kasperbauer JL, Olsen KD. Oral Oncol. 2011 Feb;47(2):142-4. doi : 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2010.11.010 PMID: 21183397