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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-95

Adenoid cystic carcinoma of mobile tongue


1 Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Radiology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Amitabh Jena
Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati - 517 507, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2231-6027.199983

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is less frequently described in mobile tongue with approximate incidence of 3%. It takes its origin from the minor salivary glands and is malignant in nature. It is a slow-progressing tumor with high recurrence rate. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) can play an important role in diagnosing palpable lesions of the lung. Hereby, we describe a rare case of ACC in a mobile tongue diagnosed by FNAC. The cytology smears revealed characteristic basaloid cells with hyperchromatic nuclei and there were numerous globules of basement membrane material. This 44-year-old lady underwent surgical excision with the final histopathological diagnosis of ACC.


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