The presentation of tuberculosis as an isolated parotid lump is rare. In this paper, six cases with tuberculous parotitis are reported which were evaluated as a benign parotid neoplasm in 216 specimens pre-operatively. All but one of them had no previous history of tuberculosis and all had a parotid lump as a sole symptom for at least one year. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was made, after superficial parotidectomy, by histopathology. Parenchymal involvement and intraparotid lymph node involvement with tuberculosis were seen in five and three patients, respectively. Two of the patients had lymph node involvement outside the parotid area. One of six patients had a coincidental Warthin tumour. A surgical approach is not only therapeutic but also diagnostic when other diagnostic tools fail.