Conservative management of post-traumatic parotid fistulae and sialoceles: a prospective study

Br J Surg. 1985 Jan;72(1):42-4. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800720117.


A prospective study of 14 consecutive patients with parotid injuries treated over a 4-month period, is presented. Three patients underwent emergency duct repair and 11 patients, presenting with delayed fistulae or subcutaneous collections of saliva (sialoceles), were treated conservatively with uniform success. Glandular injury closed within an average of 5 days of treatment and ductal leaks within approximately 14 days.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parotid Diseases / surgery
  • Parotid Diseases / therapy*
  • Parotid Gland / injuries*
  • Parotid Gland / surgery
  • Prospective Studies
  • Salivary Gland Fistula / surgery
  • Salivary Gland Fistula / therapy*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / therapy*