Case contributed by Dr T Menezes


Bilateral cheek swelling and pain in an 8 year old girl.

Patient Data

Age: 8
Gender: Female

There are multiple bilateral scattered small foci of air
within the parotid gland parenchyma. There are also bilateral punctate
hyperdensities in the parotids on both sides consistent with sialoliths.


Case Discussion

Pneumoparotid is air within the parotid gland. This is caused by reflux of intra-oral air into the parotid gland through Stensen’s duct and is associated with increases intra-oral pressure. 

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Case information

rID: 29598
Published: 19th Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Sep 2015
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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