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They found a complex cystic mass with multiple septation on my left parotid gland .. do i have a greater risk of having cancer because of this?

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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Parotid mass: Both benign and malignant parotid tumors can present as a complex cystic mass. In looking at the percentages, 80% of masses in the parotid are benign while only 20% are malignant. Steps in evaluation could include needle aspiration biopsy which allows a look at the cells. This can possibly help to know if the lesion is benign or not. Either way, usually recommend removal of most parotid masses.

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Last updated Jun 27, 2013

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