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Parotidectomy – Radical /Total

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Total parotidectomy involves removal of the entire parotid gland, including the superficial and deep lobe. Whereas, Radical parotidectomy is a total parotidectomy, along with resection of the facial nerve. On the other hand, an extended radical parotidectomy is performed to remove additional structures in the parotid gland as well, such as the temporal bone or the skin of face overlying the parotid gland. A total and radical parotidectomy are performed on benign and malignant tumours of the parotid gland.