Epithelioid myoepithelioma of the parotid gland: a case report with a brief literature overview

Abdul Basit Shah Vardag, Muhammad Hassan Danish, Mubasher Ikram, Muhammad Ozair Awan, Naila Kayani

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Background: Parotid tumors are frequently encountered by otolaryngologists, and the vast majority of these are of the pleomorphic variety. Myoepitheliomas represent a small subset of parotid tumors. Due to their lack of specificity, they can easily be mistaken by an untrained eye for a pleomorphic adenoma. However, the recent advent of immunohistochemical staining of the tumors has aided in their diagnosis. These tumors show both benign and malignant potential; therefore, careful evaluation and subsequent appropriate management are warranted. Case presentation: Here, we present a case of a young female patient who presented with a parotid lesion diagnosed as a case of myoepithelioma and dealt with accordingly. She underwent superficial parotidectomy under general anesthesia. A 2 × 2 cm firm nodular swelling was excised from the left parotid gland, and the facial nerve was identified and preserved. Conclusions: The management of these lesions is usually centered on the surgeon’s experience and opinion as there have not been enough reported cases required for the formulation of an evidence-based guideline, hence more single-center studies are essential for evidence-based management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number60
JournalEgyptian Journal of Otolaryngology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Myoepithelioma
  • Parotid gland tumor
  • Salivary gland neoplasm


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