Warthin tumour of parotid

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Palpable lump right parotid. Previously biopsied in 2008 - Warthin tumour. Patient elected not to have removed. Now increasing size.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Male

Well defined ovoid hypoechoic mass in the parotid.  Usually a pleomorphic adenoma but in this case a Warthin tumour (adenolymphoma).  Patient did not have surgery so this case shows the natural history ie very slow growing tumour prone to multifocality (including bilaterality but not in this case).  A second lesion with similar imaging characteristics has developed in the same gland.

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Case information

rID: 18739
Published: 19th Jul 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
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