Anomalous location of facial nerve deep to parotid gland

Ashwin R. Rai, Rohan Rai, Keshav Bhat, Rajalakshmi Rai

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The knowledge of normal and variant anatomy of the facial nerve is essential for safe surgery of the parotid gland. The location of a parotid mass in relation to the course of the facial nerve determines whether superficial or total parotidectomies should be performed. The variant course of the facial nerve within the parotid may endanger the nerve during parotid surgeries. The present report is an attempt to help the surgeons to minimize the error that can damage the nerve without previous knowledge of such type of rare variation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-653
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 03-2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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