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Minerva Stomatologica 2005 July-August;54(7-8):449-52

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Giant pleomorphic adenoma of the submandibular gland. Case report

Belli E., Marini Balestra F., Longo B.


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Salivary glands are sites for a great variety of tumors. The parotid gland is the most common site followed by the submandibular gland. The pleomorphic adenoma represents the 60-70% of all tumors involving the major salivary glands, while the submandibular gland is involved in 8% of cases. The pleomorphic adenoma of the submandibular gland is rare and can present difficulty in diagnosis. The heterogeneous histology, a possible malignant transformation, an incomplete capsule that can determine a recurrence, are the most important characteristics of pleomorphic adenoma. A complete surgical removal of the tumor is the treatment of choice. In the case presented, the mass showed an unusual vascularization and remarkable dimensions.

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