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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

September 2009
Volume 40 , Issue 8

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Canalicular adenoma of a minor salivary gland on the palate: A case presentation

Peter Werder, DDS/Hans Jörg Altermatt, MD, Prof Dr Med/Peter Zbären, MD, Prof Dr Med/Michael M. Bornstein, DDS

Pages: 623–626
PMID: 19639085

Canalicular adenomas are uncommon, benign epithelial neoplasms of the salivary glands that usually involve the upper lip and buccal mucosa of elderly people. Differential diagnosis of the canalicular adenoma versus adenocarcinoma is important, as it may result in unjustified radiotherapy or extensive and aggressive surgery. Despite the benign nature of canalicular adenomas, complete surgical removal and a regular clinical follow-up are recommended. The present article describes the diagnostic procedures, surgical management, and follow-up of a canalicular adenoma involving the palate of a 71-year-old man. (Quintessence Int 2009;40:623–626)

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