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Q: medical warthin's tumor ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: medical warthin's tumor
Category: Health
Asked by: kristoff-ga
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Posted: 02 Jun 2004 07:44 PDT
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Question ID: 355304
what is the standard management protocol for a warthin's tumor?
Subject: Re: medical warthin's tumor
Answered By: scribe-ga on 02 Jun 2004 09:45 PDT
Hello Kristoff,
Review of the online medical literature indicates that surgical
excision is the standard treatment for this benign tumor that occurs
principally in males in their 60s and 70s, in the parotid or other
salivary glands:

Please consult this page for a more detailed discussion.

Here, we learn that the extent of the surgery will depend, of course,
on the size and location of the Warthin?s tumor. Reassuringly, we read
that  ?never? is ? facial nerve sacrifice/resection? required.

I am not certain what is meant by this statement: ?If Te99 is
positive, no surgery may be required in the elderly.? I assume it
means that in patients of advanced age, surgery may be counseled
against, even though the nuclear scan may have been positive for the
presence of a Warthin?s tumor. I would suggest you consult your
physician for elucidation.

By the way, the WebMD site has quite a good page on the nuclear scans
used in diagnosing masses in the neck. Go to and enter
Warthin?s Tumor
in the search box, to access this page.

I hope these references prove useful to you.
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