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2 Parotid space * Paired lateral suprahyoid neck spaces enclosed by superficial layer of deep cervical fascia containing parotid glands, lymph nodes & extracranial CN7 branches.

3 Image gallery Graphic of a skull base shows PS (green) surrouded by superficial layer, deep cervical fascia(yellow line) . PS abuts stylomastoid foramen (arrow) , mastoid tip (open arrow) & EAC (curved arrow).

4 Parotid space anatomy Axial graphic shows superficial layer of deep cervical fascia ( yelow line ) circumscribes PS. CN7 ( arrow ) divides parotid gland into superficial & deep lobes

5 Parotid space anatomy Axial graphic depicts a deep parotid lobe mass pushing the parapharyngeal fat from lateral to medial (arrow) & squeezing through the stylomandibular notch (open arrows)

6 Image gallery Sagittal graphic of PS malignancy (arrow) shows typical perineural tumor spread retrograde along CN7 . Tumor follows CN7 through stylomastoid foramen (open arrow) & up mastoid segment (curved arrow)

7 Anatomic relationships
Directly medial to parotid space ( PS ) is parapharyngeal space ( PPS ) . Anterior to PS is masticator space .

8 Internal structures Parotid gland
-superficial lobe represent about 2/3 of parotid space. -deep lobe projects into lateral PPS Facial nerve ( CN7) -surgical plane between superficial and deep lobe. External carotid artery Retromandibular vein Lymph nodes Around 20 lymph nodes found in each parotid gland Parotid duct -emerges from anterior PS , runs along surface of masseter muscle , arches through buccal space to pierce buccinator muscle at level of upper 2nd molar tooth. Accessory parotid glands -project over surface of masseter muscle -present in about 20% of normal anatomic dissections.

9 Key concepts or questions
In mass lesions of PS area, is the mass intra or extraparotid ? -small , intraparotid masses easy to identify. Large , deep lobe masses more troublesome -mass displace PPS medially -stylomandibular notch is widened. What is mass relationship to facial nerve? -designate mass as superficial , deep or in same plane as intraparotid facial nerve. -superficial lobe mass removed by superficial parotidectomy while deep lobe mass requires total parotidectomy.

10 . If malignancy in PS known or suspected ?
-T1+C MR should be done to evaluate entire CN7 to root exit zone of CPA , to role if there is evidence of perineural CN7 extension. Is the PS lesion single or multiple? Unilateral or bilateral ? -multiple bilateral lesions suggest unique DD -Sjogren’s syndrome -BLL-HIV -Warthon tumor -NHl -systemic metastasis

11 . Low garde 1ry parotid malignancy may be well circumscribed , hence the surgical rule (( all parotid masses must come out)). Facial nerve plane in parotid can only be estimated not seen with imaging. Parotid LNs are first order drainage for malignancies of adjacent scalp & EAC .

12 DD of parotid lesions Congenital Inflammatory Neoplasm * benign
* malignant - 1ry - 2ry

13 Differential diagnosis
Congenital *1st brancheal cleft cyst *infantile hemangioma *lymphangioma Inflammatory *parotiditis *reactive adenopathy *BLL-HIV *Sjogren syndrome *sarcoidosis *Kimura disease Benign tumor *benign mixed tumor *warthin tumor *oncocytoma *facial nerve schwannoma *lipoma Malignant tumor,primary *mucoepidermoid carcinoma *adenoid cystic carcinoma *acinic cell carcinoma *malignant mixed tumor *squamous cell carcinoma Malignant tumor , metastatic *Non-Hodgkin lymphoma *systemic metastasis


15 Congenital lesions

16 1st brancheal cleft cyst

17 Inflammatory lesions

18 Parotiditis, acute Acute infection of parotid gland
# bacterial--- acute suppurative parotitis, usually unilateral, more than 50 years & neonates # viral – acute viral parotitis , more than 75% bilateral , most common cause is mumps, most less than 15 years , peak age 5-9 years. # calculus induced – parotitis 2ry to ductal obstruction by stone.

19 CT findings NECT Bacterial and viral – hyperdense enlarged parotid with ill defined margins. Calculus-induced – parotid duct calculus usually obvious. CECT Bacterial – enlarged diffusely enhancing parotid with inflammatory stranding of overlying soft tissues. Viral – enlarged parotids with mild enhancement. - calculus-induced – parotid duct dilated with enhancing walls.

20 Image gallery Axial CECT shows diffusely enlarged and increased in density compared to right side (open arrow)

21 Image gallery Axial CECT shows early changes of acute parotiditis. Note subtle asymmetry of parotid density with ill-defined contours and subcutaneous stranding (arrow). Parotid duct is normal ( open arrow)

22 Image gallery Axial CECT revealed intraparotid abscess as irregular area of low density (arrow). Note extension of inflammation with carotid space involvement and compressed or thrombosed jugular vein ( open arrow).

23 Image gallery Axial CECT shows calculus-induced parotiditis. Note proximal ductal calculus (arrow) with intraglandular ductal radicle enlargement (open arrow). The parotid is enlarged & enhancing without abscess.


25 Benign lymphoepithelial lesions- HIV ( BLL-HIV)
Mixed cystic and solid bilateral intraparotid lesions found in HIV +ve patients. Best diagnostic clue : multiple cystic and solid masses enlarging both parotid glands usually associated with tonsilar hyperplasia & cervical reactive adenopathy. Thin rim enhacement of cystic lesions with heterogenous enhancement of solid lesions. 5% of HIV+ve patients develop BLL of parotids.

26 BLL-HIV Axial graphic shows classic findings of BLL-HIV as bilateral intraparotid cysts mixed with bilateral solid lymphoid aggregates (arrows). Note associated adenoidal hypertrophy (open arrows)

27 BLL-HIV Axial CECT at level of soft palate shows benign lymphoepithelial lesion of HIV as hypodense cystic & mixed cystic-solid lesions of both parotid glands with thin peripheral enhancement.

28 Image gallery Axial CECT reveals bilateral parotid enlargement 2ry to lymphoepithelial lesions of HIV. Note both cystic (arrows) and solid (open arrows) lesions bilaterally affecting the parotid glands.

29 Image gallery Axial STIR MR shows bilateral intraparotid hyperintense cystic lymphoepithelial lesions of HIV. Notice both superficial and deep lobes are involved. Arrows marks associated reactive occiptal nodes.

30 Image gallery Axial T1 +C MR shows bilateral cystic and solid intraparotid lesions of HIV. Palatine (faucial) tonsils (arrows) are hyperplastic and associated with reactive lateral retropharyngeal nodes (open arrows)


32 Sjogren’s syndrome SJS – chronic systemic autoimmune exocrinopathy that causes salivary and lacrimal gland tissue destruction. * 1ry SJS – dry eyes , dry mouth , no collagen vascular disease. * 2ry SJS – dry eyes , dry mouth , with collagen vascular disease, most commonly rheumatoid arthritis.

33 . Best diagnostic clue: CT shows bilateral enlarged parotids with multiple cystic and solid intraparotid lesions with or without intraglandular calcification. Imaging appearence : * early stage – parotids may appear normal * intermediate stage – miliary pattern of small cysts diffusely throughout both glands. * late stage – larger cystic and solid masses in both parotids.

34 Sjogren syndrome Axial CECT reveals classic imaging findings of later stage sjogren syndrome with bilateral enlargement, heterogeneity & increased CT density of parotid glands. Note punctate calcifications.

35 Sjogren syndrome Axial STIR MR demonstrates early stage MR imaging findings of Sjogren syndrome as bilateral parotid enlargement with miliary diffuse high signal cystic intraparotid lesions.

36 Image gallery Axial T1W MR shows multiple low signal cystic lesions involving both parotid glands diffusely. This “ miliary pattern” of diffuse involvement is seen in early stages of Sjogren syndrome.


38 Neoplastic lesions

39 Benign mixed tumor BMT ( pleomorphic adenoma )
Most common benign parotid space tumor- 80% Age: most common above 40 y. Size– variable, may grow to 6-8 cm when in deep lobe. Large , asymptomatic mass arising from deep lobe of parotid is almost always BMT 80-90 % of parotid BMT involve superficial lobe. Multicentric BMT rare ( less than 1%) , but recurrent BMT typically from incomplete resection tends to be multifocal.

40 Best diagnostic clue: * small BMT– sharply marginated, intraparotid ovoid mass with uniform parenchymal enhancement. * large BMT– more than 2 cm , lobulated mass with inhomogenous enhancement representing foci of necrosis and old hemorrhage. * deep lobe BMT– pear- shaped , inhomogenous mass pushing parapharyngeal space medially.

41 BMT Axial graphic depicts a small predominently superficial lobe BMT.

42 BMT Axial T1W MR shows small , superficial lobe BMT (arrow). Low signal compared to surrounding parotid is typical. Lateral margin of retromandibular vein (open arrow) marks CN7 plane.

43 Image gallery Axial garphic reveals a pear-shaped BMT of the deep lobe of the parotid gland. Notice that despite the size of this tumor, the parapharyngeal fat can still be seen (arrow) being pushed superomedially.

44 Image gallery Axial T1+C MR with fat-saturation shows a large , pear-shaped BMT extending from the deep lobe anteromedially. Notice the lesion has pushed the right tonsil into the high oral cavity (arrow)

45 Image gallery Axial T1+C MR shows a left parotid tail intermediate sized BMT with inhomogenous enhancement (arrow). As these lesions enlarge , their signal tends to become more inhomogenous on all MR sequences.

46 Image gallery Axial CECT shows recurrent BMT as multiple lesions resulting from intraoperative spillage of tumor cells. A larger deep (arrow) & 2 smaller superficial (open arrow) recuurent BMTs can be seen.


48 Warthin tumor Benign parotid tumor, sharply marginated ,parotid tail mass with stricking parenchymal inhomogeneity. Location– most comonly within parotid tail superficial to angle of mandible. Size– 2-4 cm Morphology – round to ovoid, well-circumscribed,encapsulated mass or masses ( 20% ). Parenchymal inhomogeneity is characterestic. Cystic component in 30% with thin, uniform walls & CT density of HU , with minimal enhancement of solid component.

49 General features 2nd most common benign parotid tumor.
20% multicentric, unilateral or bilateral. Mass is painless, slowly growing. 90% of patients are smokers. Increase incidence with radiation exposure Age– mean age = 60 years.

50 Image interpretation pearls
Be sure to carefully examine for multiplicity and bilaterality. Well-circumscribed heterogenous multiple or bilateral parotid masses in asymptomatic patient should be considered warthin tumor.

51 Warthin tumor Axial graphic depicts bilateral mixed solid-cystic parotid tail Warthin tumor. Larger left intraparotid tumor is cut in insert to show characteristic parenchymal cystic changes (arrow).

52 Warthin tumor Axial CECT shows mildly enhancing bilateral parotid tail Warthin tumor. Note marked hetrogeneity of left parotid lesion (arrow) & solid composition of right parotid lesion (open arrow)

53 Image gallery Axial CECT shows a warthin tumor within the tail of the superficial lobe of the left parotid over the angle of the mandible with classic marked hetrogeneity and hetrogenous contrast enhancement.

54 Image gallery Coronal T1+C MR reveals a warthin tumor in the left parotid tail (arrow) . Note the significant parenchymal hetrogeneity with both low and intermediate signal areas seen

55 Image gallery Axial CECT shows a primarily cystic warthin tumor of left parotid tail (arrow). Note the mural nodule within the posterior portion of the lesion , differentiating it from 1st branchial cleft cyst

56 Image gallery Axial CECT demonstrates a large , homogenously dense, solid Warthin tumor of superficial lobe of left parotid (arrow). Lesions this size almost always show significant parenchymal inhomogeneity.


58 Mucoepidermoid carcinoma
Best diagnostic clue: -low grade MECa: ovoid, well circumscribed, inhomogenous mass -high grade MECa : ill-defined, infiltrating mass with associated malignant nodules. Location : superficial lobe more than deep lobe. Malignant adenopathy often present - 1st order nodes = jugulodigastric nodes ( level 2 ) - intrinsic parotid nodes and parotid tail nodes also involved. Imaging recommendations: - deep tissue spread and perineural tumor through CN7 are better defined by MRI , T1 + C delineate MECa because high signal fat of normal parotid tissue provides natural contrast.

59 Clinical issues -age : usually 35 – 65 y Low grade
painless, mobile , slowly enlarging High grade painfull, non-mobile, rapidly enlarging

60 Image interpretation pearls
Low grade MECa may exactly mimic pleomorphic adenoma High grade MECa has non specific invasive mass appearance.

61 Mucoepidermoid carcinoma
Axial CECT shows well-defined heterogenous mass in the right parotid gland

62 MECa * axial T1W MR shows invasive parotid MECa (arrow) filling base of stylomastoid foramen (open arrow)

63 Image gallery Axial T1W MR shows low grade MECa as a homogenous intermediate signal mass (arrow) in superficial parotid lobe. Notice how sharply circumscribed the tumor is relative to adjacent parotid gland

64 Image gallery Axial T2W MR in same patient shows well-defined high signal MECa (arrow) in superficial lobe left parotid. A well circumscribed, high signal intraparotid mass is more suggestive of BMT.

65 Image gallery Axial CECT shows a holoparotid invasive high grade MECa involving the superficial lobe (arrow) & deep lobe (open arrow). Notice single intraparotid lymph node (curved arrow).

66 Image gallery Axial CECT in same patient again reveals invasive high grade MECa of parotid with associated antegrade perineural tumor on CN7 (arrow) and spinal accessory malignant adenopathy (open arrow).

67 Image gallery Axial CECT shows high grade MECa in accessory left parotid lobe as an invasive hetrogenous mass (arrow) anterior to masseter muscle. Open arrow: opposite normal accessory parotid.

68 Image gallery Axial T1W MR demonstrates an invasive high grade MECa of the right parotid gland (arrow) with antegrade perineural tumor on the facial nerve (open arrow)


70 Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Previously called cylindroma Best diagnostic clue - low grade ACCa: well-circumscribed, homogenous enhancing mass - high grade : infiltrative , enhancing mass with poorly defined margins Superficially located, slow growing neoplasm with propensity for perineural extension Peak age 50-70y , rare before 20 y Look carefully for perineural tumor with any parotid neoplasm, but particularly ACCa. Imaging findings often non-specific & similar to other parotid tumors.

71 ACCa Axial graphic depicts high grade parotid ACCa spreading in perineural fashion along proximal CN7 (arrow) & via auriculotemporal nerve (open arrow) to V3 (curved arrow).

72 ACCa Coronal T1W MR shows high deep parotid ACCa (arrow) extending through stylomastoid foramen with replacement of foraminal fat pad, along mastoid segment of facial nerve (open arrow).

73 Image gallery (Left) axial T1+C MR demonstrates a high grade ACCa as an ill defined enhancement in deep parotid lobe (arrow) extending medially to infiltrate masticator space (open arrow). (right) coronal T1+C MR shows intracranial extension of parotid ACCa through foramen ovale (arrow) along mandibular nerve. Spread from CN7 to CN5 occurred via the auriculotemporal nerve.


75 Metastatic disease, nodal, parotid
Lymphangitic or hematogenous tumor spread to intraglandulr parotid lymph nodes. Best diagnostic clue: - multiple parotid masses in setting of known head & neck malignancy. - size : 5 mm- 4 cm * Consider recurrent BMT in the differential diagnosis if there is a history of BMT surgical removal .

76 General features Parotid gland has intraglandular lymph nodes ( not submandibular or sublingual glands ) Normal parotid : up to 32 intraglandular lymph nodes Parotid nodes are 1st order nodal site for skin of upper face , external ear , scalp (75%) Systemic metastasis to parotid nodes rare Metastasis = 4% of all salivary neoplasm Clinical presentation usually – external ear, scalp , upper face skin cancer with enlarging parotid masses. Age= 7th decade

77 Image iterpretation pearls
Multifocal unilateral disease is most suggestive of 1st order nodal disease from adjacent skin sites Bilateral nodes suggests systemic disease or hematogenous metastatic spread.

78 Metastatic disease Axial CECT shows two unilateral intraparotid squamous cell carcinoma nodes (arrows). Primary tumor on skin of ipsilateral forehead had been treated multiple times in the previous year.

79 Metastatic disease Axial CECT in same patient shows cervical neck metastatic nodal spread (arrows) in addition to parotid nodal disease.

80 Image gallery (left) axial CECT reveals left intraparotid melanoma nodal mets (arrow) from left temporal fossa skin primary. Note posterior lateral margin of node shows early extranodal spread. (right) axial T1W MR shows ovoid intermediate to high signal melanoma metastatic node (arrow). Primary tumor located on external ear on left. Parotid nodes are 1st order drainage for this primary site.


82 Non-hodgkin lymphoma, parotid
Lymphoma involving intra- and periparotid lymph nodes as primary site or secondry in systemic disease. Best diagnostic clue: multiple, well-circumscribed, homogenously mildly enhancing intraparotid masses with adjacent lymphadenopathy, unilateral or bilateral

83 NHL Axial CECT reveals multiple right intraparotid lymph nodes (arrows) involved by NHL.

84 Thank you


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