Sensory loss in the operative area after superficial parotidectomy is one of the complications which disturbs the patient. The greater auricular nerve, which stems from the cervical plexus, supplies sensation to the area. Sacrifice of the nerve during superficial parotidectomy causes sensory loss in the area. We investigated the degree of sensory loss in the operative area after superficial parotidectomy in 10 patients in whom the posterior branch of the greater auricular nerve was preserved and compared the results with those in whom it was not, a year after operation. There was more sensory loss when the greater auricular nerve was sacrificed. We therefore suggest preserving the posterior branch of the greater auricular nerve during superficial parotidectomy if at all possible.
|Pages (from-to)||9-11, 87|
|State||Published - Jul 1998|