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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-63

Pleomorphic adenoma of tongue: A common entity at unusual location

Department of Pathology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Shruti Sangwan
Room No 416, Department of Pathology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, College Building, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_32_19

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Salivary gland tumors constitute 3% of salivary glands lesions. The most common tumor of salivary glands is pleomorphic adenoma (PA) commonly affecting major salivary glands. PA involving minor salivary glands accounts for <3% of all head and neck tumors. Palate is the most common site, followed by upper lips. The tongue is an unusual site and there are only 29 reported cases in literature as per our knowledge. Herein, we report a rare case of 63-year-old male presenting with non-healing ulcer on the left lateral border of the tongue. A biopsy was done and material sent for histopathological examination. Histopathological examination of biopsy revealed PA. Smooth muscle actin and p63 immunohistochemistry showed myoepithelial cells. This case suggests that PA of the tongue should be considered in the differential diagnosis of lesions of the tongue.

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