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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 187-190

Carcinosarcoma of the submandibular gland with a rhabdomyosarcoma component: A case report and review of the literature

Department of Pathology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Suma M Narayana
Department of Pathology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Dr. M. H. Marigowda Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ccij.ccij_83_18

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Carcinosarcoma of the salivary gland is a rare and aggressive malignancy with a poor prognosis. These neoplasms are composed of malignant epithelial and mesenchymal elements. This report describes a new case of carcinosarcoma arising in the submandibular gland, which had a rhabdomyosarcoma component, without clinical or histological evidence of a preexisting pleomorphic adenoma. Till date, only two case reports have described the occurrence of carcinosarcoma with a rhabdomyosarcoma component in the salivary gland, to the best of our knowledge. Histological and immunohistochemical results are presented. The literature is reviewed, and the possible histogenesis and pathogenesis of carcinosarcoma (true malignant mixed tumor) of the salivary gland are briefly discussed.

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