Parotid hemangioma

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Sureyya Burcu Gorkem *, MD, Shweta Bhatt, MD and Vikram S Dogra, MD
Research Assistant (SBG)*, Assistant Professor (SB) and Professor (VSD), Radiology
Erciyes University* Kayseri/Turkey, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

Figure Legends : 

Figure 1. (A) Gray scale ultrasound image demonstrates heterogeneous predominantly hypoechoic enlarged right parotid gland , compared to the left parotid gland.
(B) Color Doppler image shows hypervascularity of the right parotid gland

Figure 2. (A) T1-weighted magnetic resonance image reveals a well defined mass in the right parotid gland with intermediate signal intensity
(B) Fat suppressed T2-weighted MR image shows a high signal intensity mass with flow voids .
(C) On gadolinium enhanced T1-weighted MR image the mass shows evidence of intense enhancement

Case Description

Clinical History: 

19 months-old girl with a painless swelling of her right cheek


Parotid hemangioma


Hemangiomas, one of the most common childhood neoplasms are benign self involuting tumors of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. They are of three types: capillary, cavernous and mixed [1]. Capillary hemangiomas of infancy are bright red, protuberant, and compressible lesions that are sometimes described as

References / Suggested Reading: 

1. Vazquez E, Enriquez G, Castellote A, Lucaya J, Creixell S, Aso C, Regas J . US, CT, and MR imaging of neck lesions in children Radiographics. 1995 Jan;15(1):105-22
2. Khanna G, Sato Y, Smith RJ, Bauman NM, Nerad J. Causes of facial swelling in pediatric patients: correlation of clinical and radiologic findings Radiographics. 2006 Jan-Feb;26(1):157-71
3. Baker LL, Dillon WP, Hieshima GB, Dowd CF, Frieden IJ. Hemangiomas and vascular malformations of the head and neck: MR characterization AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1993 Mar-Apr;14(2):307-14.


Parotid hemangioma, Sureyya Burcu Gorkem *, MD, Shweta Bhatt, MD and Vikram S Dogra, MD, Imaging Science Today, 2009, 260.