Treatment of Frey's syndrome with botulinum toxin type B

Giovanna Cantarella, Alessandra Berlusconi, Vincenzo Mele, Filippo Cogiamanian, Sergio Barbieri

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Objective: Frey's syndrome is a frequent sequela of parotidectomy, causing facial sweating and flushing because of gustatory stimuli. Although botulinum toxin type A has become first-line therapy for Frey's syndrome, some patients become resistant. In this study, we investigated whether another serotype, botulinum toxin type B, might be an effective alternative. Study Design: Case series with planned data collection. Setting: Otolaryngology department in a university hospital. Subjects and Methods: Seven patients aged 30 to 68 years, with severe Frey's syndrome, underwent the Minor test and had 80 U of botulinum toxin type B per cm2 (mean total dose, 2354 U) injected intracutaneously in the mapped area of gustatory sweating. All patients were followed up for 12 months. Results: One month after treatment, six of the seven patients reported that gustatory sweating and flushing had resolved, and, in the remaining patient, these symptoms had decreased. The Minor test confirmed a significant improvement. The subjective benefits remained stable for six months in four patients and for nine months in the remaining three patients; 12 months after treatment, all patients still reported some improvement. Conclusion: Botulinum toxin type B afforded symptomatic relief in a small sample of patients with Frey's syndrome and might be considered a potential alternative to botulinum toxin type A.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-218
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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