Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 203-206

Basal cell adenocarcinoma of submandibular salivary gland-problems in cytologic diagnosis

Department of Pathology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India

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Kavita Mardi
12-A, Type V Quarters GAD Colony, Kasumpti, Shimla, H.P
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.86349

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Basal-cell adenoma and basal-cell adenocarcinoma of the salivary gland are rare tumors. Fine-needle aspiration cytology of these tumors, particularly those of basal-cell adenocarcinoma, has rarely been described in the literature. In this report, we describe the clinical, cytomorphologic and histopathologic features of basal cell adenocarcinoma in a 48-year-old male patient. Fine-needle aspiration specimen showed abundant cohesive groups of basaloid cells revealing focal anisonucleosis and nuclear atypia. The tumor cells also showed rosette-like arrangement around central eosinophilic globule. Pertinent literature is reviewed and differential diagnosis are discussed.

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