A retrospective look at a twenty-year experience with parotid tumors and the initial surgical treatment of both benign and malignant lesions led us to question superficial lobectomy as the treatment of choice in the extirpation of parotid neoplastic tissue. This may represent a local or regional experience. It is hoped, however, that these findings will stimulate others to examine their results, so that we may get a more comprehensive picture of the adequacy of superficial parotid gland lobectomy in treating parotid tumors.
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