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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

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

November/December 2011
Volume 42 , Issue 10

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Pleomorphic adenoma—Unusual presentation of a salivary gland tumor in the neck of a child

K.V. Arunkumar, MDS/Sanjeev Kumar, MDS, FDRCPS/Vishal Bansal, MDS/Susmita Saxena, MDS/Poonam Elhence, MD

Pages: 879–882
PMID: 22026002

Ectopic salivary gland tumors are rare in children. When salivary gland tumors do develop, they preferentially affect major salivary glands and then minor salivary glands. Pleomorphic adenoma, also referred to as a benign mixed tumor, is the most common tumor of the salivary glands. Approximately 90% of these tumors occur in the parotid gland, while the remaining 10% affect the minor salivary glands. However, it is uncommon to find them elsewhere in the head and neck region. We report a rare case of pleomorphic adenoma in the upper neck, an unusual site in an 8-year-old boy. (Quintessence Int 2011;42:879–882)

Key words: cheek, ectopic mixed salivary gland tumors, heterotopic salivary gland tissue, palate, pleomorphic adenoma

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