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Dilemma in Diagnosis-Huge Preauricular Sinus Mimicking Parotid Tumor

Volume 1 - Issue 7

Ling Xiu Ngui*1, Shashi Gopalan2 and Muhammad Nasri Abu Bakar3

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    • 1Department of ORL-HNS Medical officer, Sibu Hospital, Malaysia
    • 2Department of ORL-HNS, Surgeon, Sibu Hospital, Malaysia

    *Corresponding author: Ling Xiu Ngui, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sibu Hospital KM 5 1/2, Jalan Ulu Oya, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia, Tel: 60169061979; Email:

Received: December 06, 2017;   Published: December 11, 2017

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2017.01.000579

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Objective: This paper reports a case of huge preauricular sinus mimicking parotid tumour to highlight the difficulty in obtaining a correct diagnosis.

Background and Case Report: This case describes a 51-year-old gentleman who presented with a huge, soft and painless swelling over left parotid region which was progressively increasing in size over two years. The swelling appeared to push the left ear lobule upward and on palpation, the swelling did not go beyond the zygomatic arch. Fine needle aspiration was unsatisfactory. Ultrasonography scan showed left parotid tumour. The diagnosis of preauricular sinus was made only upon excision of the mass under general anaesthesia. Post operatively, the recovery was good and there was no complication.

Conclusion: Though it is extremely rare, preauricular sinus should be considered as a differential diagnosis of painless soft parotid swelling.

Keywords: Preauricular sinus; Parotid

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