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Accessory Parotid Gland
Digestive System

Accessory Parotid Gland

Glandula parotidea accessoria

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A small accessory parotid gland is occasionally present (21–61% of individuals) and is in close association with the parotid duct. It lies on the masseter muscle and is independent of the main parotid gland. It has its own blood supply from the transverse facial artery and duct draining into the main parotid duct (Ramachar and Huliyappa, 2012).

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- Accessory parotid gland tumors


Ramachar, S. M. & Huliyappa, H. A. (2012) Accessory parotid gland tumors. Annals of maxillofacial surgery, 2(1), 90-93.

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1172 The parotid glands contain three to 32 (average, 20) intraglandular lymph nodes that are interconnected by a plexus of lymph vessels that drain the skin from the side of the head above the parotid gland, the orbital region, and the nose, upper lip, external auditory canal, eustachian tube, and tympanic membrane.

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