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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 438-440

Cytological diagnosis of myoepithelial carcinoma of minor salivary gland: A rare entity


Department of Pathology, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

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Vandana U Grampurohit
Department of Pathology, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.138087

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Neoplastic cells with myoepithelial differentiation are often present in both benign and malignant salivary gland neoplasms. Potential diagnostic problems may arise due to morphologic heterogeneity of myoepithelial cell-rich lesions in fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Myoepithelial carcinoma is a malignant salivary gland tumor composed exclusively of cells with myoepithelial differentiation. Histopathologically, it is a well-established entity but its cytological features have rarely been reported. We report a case of myoepithelial carcinoma of minor salivary gland in a 62-year-old female diagnosed preoperatively by FNAC. Awareness of diverse cytoarchitectural patterns and immunohistochemical profile is crucial for accurate identification.


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