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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

10 Mar 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Parotidectomy, the surgical removal of the parotid gland, is a complex procedure with diverse indications, including inflammatory conditions, infectious processes, congenital malformations, and neoplasms. This intricate surgery demands precision, particularly concerning identifying and preserving the facial nerve, a critical aspect second only to oncologic safety in cases of known malignancy. The parotid gland, the largest major salivary gland, presents unique challenges due to the anatomical relationship with surrounding structures, emphasizing the need for meticulous surgical planning and execution.

Participants explore the intricacies of parotidectomy, focusing on surgical technique, facial nerve preservation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Emphasis is placed on preoperative radiological delineation, intraoperative decision-making, and postoperative management to optimize patient outcomes. Communication strategies for addressing patient concerns about postoperative disfigurement are explored. Engagement in this course fosters collaboration among surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and other healthcare professionals. Through interdisciplinary communication and coordinated efforts, clinicians enhance their understanding of parotidectomy complexities, refine surgical skills, and ensure comprehensive patient care.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and dentists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the presentation of a patient with a parotid tumor, integrating patient history, physical examination, and predisposing risk factors or comorbidities.

  • Select appropriate imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans, to aid in preoperative planning and intraoperative decision-making for patients undergoing parotidectomy.

  • Determine the anatomical structures and landmarks associated with the parotid gland to ensure accurate surgical localization during parotidectomy.

  • Implement communication among the interprofessional team to ensure appropriate preoperative evaluation and general condition to optimize postoperative outcomes of parotidectomy.


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Commercial Support: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Dentists: StatPearls, LLC designates this continuing education activity for 1.50 ADA credit(s). Dentists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please consult your professional licensing board for information on the applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity.

Method of Participation and Credit

  1. Register for the activity.    
  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the FDA. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on StatPearls expressly disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with FDA requirements, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA-approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

Cancellation Policy: Please see the cancellation policy. StatPearls, LLC reserves the right to cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances.




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