Classification of parotidectomies: a proposal of the European Salivary Gland Society

M. Quer, O. Guntinas-Lichius, F. Marchal, V. Vander Poorten, D. Chevalier, X. León, D. Eisele, P. Dulguerov

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The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive classification system for parotidectomy operations. Data sources include Medline publications, author’s experience, and consensus round table at the Third European Salivary Gland Society (ESGS) Meeting. The Medline database was searched with the term “parotidectomy” and “definition”. The various definitions of parotidectomy procedures and parotid gland subdivisions extracted. Previous classification systems re-examined and a new classification proposed by a consensus. The ESGS proposes to subdivide the parotid parenchyma in five levels: I (lateral superior), II (lateral inferior), III (deep inferior), IV (deep superior), V (accessory). A new classification is proposed where the type of resection is divided into formal parotidectomy with facial nerve dissection and extracapsular dissection. Parotidectomies are further classified according to the levels removed, as well as the extra-parotid structures ablated. A new classification of parotidectomy procedures is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3307-3312
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Extracapsular resection
  • Parotid benign tumors
  • Parotid gland
  • Parotid gland surgery
  • Parotid malignant tumors
  • Parotid neoplasm
  • Parotid tumors
  • Parotidectomy
  • Parotidectomy classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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