Painful Parotid Hypertrophy With Bulimia: A Report of Medical Management

June 2009 | Volume 8 | Issue 6 | Case Report | 577 | Copyright © 2009

Kelly K. Park MD, Rebecca C. Tung MD, Arlene Ruiz de Luzuriaga MD MPH


In eating disorders, such as bulimia nervosa, body image disturbance often extends beyond the realm of weight and shape into the dermatologic spectrum. While commonly associated conditions due to binging and self-induced vomiting include cutaneous entities (e.g.,Russell’s sign, acne, alopecia and hypertrichosis) and oral pathologies (e.g.,enamel erosion, caries and mild parotid hypertrophy), a rare but troubling manifestation is disfiguring parotid enlargement (sialoadenomegaly). This article presents a case of painful sialoadenomegaly associated with hyperamylasemia in a bulimic patient successfully managed with pilocarpine.

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