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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 107-109

A rare tumor of salivary gland: Diagnostic Dilemma on fine needle aspiration cytology


Department of Pathology, PGIMER, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Charu Agarwal
PGIMER, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.203576

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Salivary gland cytopathology is a diagnostically challenging area with overlapping cytomorphological features between benign, malignant, and metastatic tumors. We report the case of 45-year-old male who presented with two swellings in right retroauricular and infraauricular region along with a palpable single right cervical lymph node. On ultrasonography of the neck, a possibility of malignant lesion was given. Contrast enhanced computed tomography of the head showed a large well-defined space occupying lesion in right temporooccipital region eroding the skull bone with both extra and intracranial extension. Fine needle aspiration was performed from both swellings and cervical lymph node. Based on cytological features and clinicoradiological examination, a possibility of metastasis from epithelial malignancy (adenocarcinoma) was suggested. The retroauricular region swelling was excised, and a diagnosis of salivary duct carcinoma was given on histopathology. In this article, we discuss the diverse presentation, cytomorphological features, and differential diagnosis of this rare salivary gland tumor.


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