BMJ Case Reports 2009; doi:10.1136/bcr.10.2008.1072
  • Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Canalicular adenoma: a case report of an unusual parotid lesion

  1. Colin Butler1,
  2. Kevin N Kulendra2,
  3. Gopind Menon3,
  4. Alwyn R D’Souza1
  1. 1
    University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust, Otolaryngology, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH, UK
  2. 2
    Charing Cross Hospital, Otolaryngology, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 9NT, UK
  3. 3
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust, Histopathology, Stadium Road, London, SE18 4QH, UK
  1. Colin Butler, colinbutler{at}
  • Published 5 March 2009


The present report describes a case of an 85-year-old woman who underwent an excisional biopsy of a preauricular lesion centred over the zygoma and subsequently developed an immediate iatrogenic facial palsy. Histopathological diagnosis revealed a canalicular adenoma of the parotid gland.


  • Competing interests: None.

  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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