Salivary Gland Tumors

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Glands are those organs or tissues in which the cells are engaged in synthesis, storage and discharge of secretory products.

Salivary glands are the compound, tubuloacinar, merocrine, exocrine glands whose ducts open into the oral cavity.

All these are derived from atleast 2 primary germ layers.


Endoderm / ectoderm  Secretory cells and lining of the duct.


Mesoderm  Connective tissue part of the gland which carries the blood and nerve supply to the gland.

Salivary gland tumours have a special status in human neoplasia. They are likely have the most complex histopathology of any organ / tissue and they are histologically heterogenous group of tumours and the have greatest diversity of morphologic features among their cells and tissue.

Is the presence of unique myoepithelial cell in organs such as salivary, sweat and mammary glands a factor responsible for the diversity of squamous tumours?

Tumours may be derived from salivary epithelium (parenchyma) or supportive stroma (mesenchymal). 70% occur in major salivary gland and 30% occur minor salivary gland  mainly palate, bone marrow, upper lip, oropharynx, lower lip, tongue.

Benign parenchymal tumours  Adenoma Malignant  Adenocarcinoma

Parotid  Mainly benign salivary gland tumours

Submandibular and minor salivary gland  malignant = benign.

Histologically these glands can be regarded as having two main types of cells. Luminal and Non luminal, organized in a specific relationship.

Luminal : Refers to the secretary cells comprising acini and the lining or lumen fusing cells of ductal system, ductal cells and

Non-Luminal : Similarly has two main components myoepithelial and basal.

In routinely stained histologic sections, luminal cells are readily recognized at all functional levels of the gland and non luminal cells can be difficult to identify in the intercalated ducts and acini of salivary gland lobules whereas apparent in the interlobar and main excretory ducts.


World Health Organization Histological Classification of Salivary Gland Tumours (1991) : 1) Adenomas

- Pleomorphic adenoma - Myoepthelioma


- Basal cell adenoma - Warthins tumour - Oncocytoma - Canalicular adenoma - Sebaceous adenoma - Ductal papilloma - Inverted ductal papilloma - Intraductal papilloma - Sialadenoma papilliferum - Cystadenoma - Papillary cystadenoma - Mucinous cystadenoma 2) Carcinomas

- Acinic cell carcinoma - Mucoepidermal carcinoma - Adenoid cystic carcinoma - Polymorphous low grade

- Epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma - Basal cell adenocarcinoma - Sebaceous carcinoma - Papillary cystadenoma - Mucinous adenoma - Oncocytic carcinoma - Salivary duct carcinoma - Adenocarcinoma

- Malignant myoepithelioma

- Carcinoma of pleomorphic adenoma - Squamous cell carcinoma

- Small cell carcinoma - Undifferentiated carcinoma - Other carcinoma 3) Non-epithelial tumours 4) Malignant lymphomas 5) Secondary tumours 6) Unclassified tumours


7) Tumour like lesions - Sialadenosis - Oncocytosis

- Necrotizing sialometaplasia - Benign lymphoepithelial lesion - Salivary gland cysts

- Chronic sclerosing sialadenitis of submandibular glands (Kuttner tumour) - Cystic lymphoid hyperplasia in AIDS



Viruses : Epstein barr virus, polyoma virus, cytomegalovirus type C and type B particles, human papilloma virus 16 and 18 types.

2) Radiation :

• 483 rads given 1 cm below the parotid skin.

• Excessive use of dental and medical diagnostic radiograph


Occupation : Asbestos, Rubber products, plumbing and wood working. 4) Life style :

• Severe malnutrition i.e. Kwashiokar causes salivary gland enlargement and has a risk for carcinoma

• Smoking association with Warthins tumour 5) Hormones


Benign Malignant

Clinical Features :

1. Smooth, uniform surface 2. Normal surface colouration 3. Round, dome shaped

4. Intact overlying mucosal skin 5. Movable 6. Asymptomatic 1. Nodular surface 2. Surface telangiectasia 3. Irregularly shaped 4. Ulcerated

5. Fixed and indurated 6. Occlusal nerve deficits

Histological Features : 1. Distinct and intact capsule 2. Uniformity of cells

3. Tissue structure resembles normal 4. Neoplastic cells, displace nerves

1. Lacks encapsulation

2. Cells irregular in size and shape 3. Altered tissue patterns


5. Normal stroma 6. No necrotic areas

5. Lacks sufficient stroma 6. Occlusal areas of necrosis

Neoplastic cells in the participation of squamous tumours (based on ultrastructural and/or immuno cytochemical evidence)

Neoplasm Types of Cells

1) Pleomorphic adenoma Luminal

Acinar Myoepithelial

2) Myoepithelioma Myoepithelial

Rare luminal

3) Basal cell adenoma Luminal

Myoepithelial / basal Acinar

4) Warthins tumour Luminal

Basal / myoepithelial 5) Epithelial – Myoepithelial carcinoma Luminal


6) Acinic cell carcinoma Acinar

Intercalated duct Myoepithelial

7) Mucoepidermoid carcinoma Goblet

Luminal Squamous

Myoepithelial / basal

8) Salivary duct carcinoma Luminal

Myoepithelial 9) Polymorphous low grade adenocarcinoma Luminal


10) Adenocarcinoma, Nos Luminal


11) Malignant mixed tumour Luminal

Squamous Myoepithelial Note :

Myoepithelial cells : Ferritin, GFAP, Actin, Myosin, Fibronectin, Elastin, Laminin and Vimentin.

Ductal epithelial cells : Keratin, S-100 (Intercalated cells and acinar cells), BMP (Luminal cells of tubuloglandular structure), CEA and Lactoferrin (Ductal epithelial cells).


Histos  Web (a combining form denoting relation to tissue). Genesis  Production.

The formation or development of tissues from the undifferentiated cells of germ layers of the embryo.

In pathology, this term has become synonymous with the “cell of origin” for a neoplasm rather than the development process underlying the tumour.


Various concepts bearing on the positioning of proliferating cells in the salivary glands.


Basal reserve cell theory : Basal cells of both excretory and intercalated ducts are responsible for differentiation of functional units.


Pluripotential unicellular reserve cell therapy : Basal cells of excretory duct are responsible for developing of all remaining salivary gland cell


Semipluripotential bicellular reserve cell theory : Certain reserve cells in specific segments of the duct system of major and minor salivary glands are critical to the develop of neoplasm in these glands. This concept was based on histologic observation of developing bilayered major ducts in human fetal salivary gland with the implication that the outer (basal) layer of cells gave rise to inner (luminal) layer.

It was further refined and developed by Batsakis and Colleagues as follows ;

Excretory duct reserve (basal) cells were postulated to originate only tumours such as mucoepidermoid carcinoma, SCC. Whereas intercalated duct reserve (luminal) cells were stated to be responsible for pleomorphic and monomorphic adenoma, ACC, and acinic cell carcinoma. Theere was little or no direct evidence to support the hypothesis.


Multicellular theory: Differentiated cells at all the levels of the gland, including acinar and basal cells are capable of cell division.

Observations of DNA synthetic and mitotic activity in developing rat and human salivary gland and autoradiographic studies of induced cell proliferation in rat salivary gland.

Autoradiography of neonatal rat salivary gland after tritiated thymidine administration and electron microscopy of these tissues, reveals that as well as duct basal cells, luminal cells at all levels of duct system and even acinar cells are capable of DNA synthesis and mitosis. Indeed, in such studies more luminal than basal cells are seen in mitosis.

In adult rat salivary gland induced to undergo hyperplasia, more acinar cells than intercalated duct cells are in S.phase of the cell cycle. Similar findings are present in fetal and adult human salivary gland.

From such observations it is evident that dividing cells are not limited to basal cells of excretory ducts and luminal cells of intercalated ducts, so there is no support for the semipluripotential bicellular reserve cell hypothesis.


However, there is considerable evidence for a multicellular theory of tumour histogenesis. That is, any of “multiplicity of cell types in normal salivary gland have the potential to give rise to any of various types of tumour occurring in this organ”.

In terms of tumour induction it should be appreciated that “differentiated cells are capable of metaplastic alterations”.

Eg. Epidermoid metaplasia has been demonstrated in acinar and myoepithelial cells of the salivary gland of the rat and in secretory cells of hamster tracheal mucosa. These data suggests that any of the various cells found in normal salivary gland could serve as a precursor for neoplasia, thus this is a multicellular histogenetic concept.

Morphogenetic Concepts: In the simplest possible scenario based on the ducto-acinar unit.

Tumour cell differentiation results in three basic models of benign or malignant salivary gland neoplasm.

1) In one form of differentiation, tumour cell population results in a dual population that combines recognizable luminal and/or acinar cells with myoepithelial and/or basal cells.

2) A second different pattern results primarily in luminal / glandular cells that resemble to some extent normal duct epithelial and /or acinar cells.

3) The third process produces tumour cells resembling normal myoepithelial and/or basal cells.

Superimposed on these three basic patterns of differentiation is the lack of or production of extracellular materials by neoplastic myoepithelium, either alone or in association with ductal luminal cells. ( Proteoglycans, collagens, GAG, basal lamina and elastins)

So histomorphology of many salivary gland tumours as viewed in light microscope have five main categories.

Solid : Preferential differentiation of myoepithelial / basal cells.

Tubular : Combination of luminal and myoepithelial / basal cells of normal ductoacinar unit is replicated in tubular.

Cribriform : Production of excess basal lamina and glycosaminoglycans in association with myoepithelial basal cell.

Myxoid regions : Variable production of basal lamina and glycosaminoglycans leads to gradual separation of tumour cells leading Myxoid areas.


Chondroid : Metaplastic processes associated with the development of myxomatous area results in chondroid.

(More extensive according of mucoid material around individual myoepithelial cells and vascular degeneration of cell results in cartilaginous appliances).



• Intercalated duct reserve cells can differentiate in to ductal or myoepithelial cells.

Either ductal or myoepithelial or both play a role in the histogenesis of the tumor.

• Myoepithelial cells are responsible for the morphologic diversity of the tumor in the production of fibrous mucinous , chondroid or osseous areas.

it shows cytogenetic abnormalities involving chromosome region 12q13-15.

• Putative pleomorphic adenoma gene ( PLAG1) has been mapped to chromosome 8q12.


• Most common tumor of salivary glands.

• It Accounts 53 – 77% Parotid Tumors, 44 – 68% Sub mandibular tumors and 38 – 43 % minor gland tumors.


4 -6th decade of life, rletively common in young adults also.


• Female predominance. Location:

Most common - parotid gland – in the lower pole of the superficial lobe of the gland ..

• May occur in any major or accessory glands but rare in sublingual gland.

Minor salivary salivary glands - palate is most common site

Clinical presentation:

• Presents as small , painless, quiescent nodule which slowly begins to increase in size, some times show intermittent growth.

• It presents as swelling overlying the ramus in front of the ear.

Lesion between ascending ramus and sylomandibular ligament results in dumblee- shaped tumor on the lateral pharyngeal wall or soft palate.

• Irregular nodular lesion , firm in consistency although areas of cystic degeneration may be palpated superficially.

• Lesion is not fixed to either deeper tissues or to the overlying skin.

• Intra oral lesions may cause difficulty in mastication, talking and breathing.

• Palatal pleomorphic adenoma is fixed to underlying bone but not invasive.

HISTOPATHOLOGIC FEATURES: Macroscopic features :


• Cut surface is rubbery , fleshy, mucoid or gelatinous with a homogeneous tan or white in colour. Microscopic features:

• Capsule may be incomplete or show infiltration by tumor cells.

• Characteristically show morphologic diversity.

• Show combination of epithelium and mesenchymal like tissues

• Foote and Fraell categorized the tumor in to


Principally myxoid

o Myxoid and cellular components present in equal proportions o Predominantly cellular

o Extremely cellular

Epithelial cells occur in the form of cellular nests, sheets of cells , anastmosing cords and fici of keratinizing squames or spindle cells, they may also form ducts are cysts.

Myoepithelial show variable morphology appearing angular or spindled, plasmacytoid / hyaline cells ( cells are more rounded and have eccentrically placed nucleus)

• Extensive accumulation of mucoid material around the individual myoepithelial cell gives myxoid appearance. Vacuolar degeneration of these myoepithelial cells results in cartilaginous in


• Stroma may show foci of hyalinization, bone and even fat cells.

• Highly cellular tumor with absence of pleomorphic pattern is called cellular adenoma.

• Accumulation of mucoid material between the tumor cells leads to myxomatus background, vacuolar degeneration of cells in these areas produce a chondroid appearance.



• Uncommon salivary gland tumor. Age:

• Adults Sex

• Equal gender predilection. Location- most common

• Major glands – pleomorphic adenoma

• Minor salivary glands – palate. Clinical presentation:

• Similar to pleomorphic adenoma HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Composed exclusively of neoplastic myoepithelial cells which are predominantly plasmacytoid or spindle shape.


• Chondroid and myxoid areas are absent .


• Intercalated or reserve cells is the histogenic source. CLINICAL FEATURES

• Show uniform population of basaloid epitheloid cells arranged in solid, trabecular, tubular or membranous pattern.


• Peak sixth decade of life Sex:

• Female predominance. Location:

• Predominantly in major salivary glands – parotid gland.

Second most common site – minorsalivary glands – lip and buccal mucosa. Clinical presentation:

• Painless slow growth, firm, may be cyatic and compressible. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

Macroscopic features:

• Single well defined nodule

• Membranous type – multifocal

• Tumor in major salivary glands – well defined capsulated

• In minor glands - less well defined.

• Cut surface – gray to brown, may have cystic areas. Microscopic features:

• Two morphologic forms of basal cells are present

• Small cell with scanty cytoplasm and round basophilic nucleus.

• Large cell with eosinophillic cytoplasm and an ovoid pale staining nucleus.

• Depending on the morphologic appearance it is of four types o Solid

o Tubular o Trabecular o Membranous Solid :

 Most common type

Basaloid cells , form islands ( occasionally show keratin pearls) and cords that have broad, rounded, lobular pattern.

 Peripheral cells of the islands are palisaded and cuboidal to columnar in shape., hyper chromatin  Central cells have palar staining nuclei.

 These are sharply demarcated from the connective tissue stroma by basement membrane Tubular pattern:


Multiple small, round duct like cells structures lined by two distinct distinct layer of cells, inner cublidal ductal cells surrounded by an outer layer of basoloid cells.

 Least common Membranous type:

 Characterized by the presents of abundant, thick, eosonophillic hyaline layer that surrounds and separates the epithelial islands. ( hyaline material is the reduplicated basement membrane).

Multiple large lobular Epithelial islands are arranged in jigsaw puzzle pattern.

Menbranous basal cell adenoma / dermal analogue tumors - appear to be hereditary, offen associated with skin appendage tumors lke dermal cylindromas and trichoepitheliomasa.


• Rare benign tumor composed of oncocytes with granular eosinophillic cytoplasm and large no of atypical mitochondria.


• Peak bet 51 – 80 YRS


• Slight female predominance. Location:

Major salivary glands ( most common) -Parotid gland

Minor salivary glands ( rare) - lip and buccal mucosa. Clinical presentation:

• Discrete encapsulated mass

• Pain is generally absent HISTOPATHOLOGY:

Characterized by large polyhedral cells with abundant granular eosiniphillic cytoplasm and distinct cell membrane arranged in narrow rows or cords.

• Oncocytes arranged in sheets or nests and cords form alveolar or organoid pattern.

• Cellular atypia, nuclear hyperchromatism and plemorphis are seen.

• Lymphoid cells are frequently present but not the integral part of the lesion.

• Oncocytic cystic adenoma – chiefly composed of numerous duct like structures lined with oncocytes

• Clear cell oncocytoma – show marked clear cell changes.

• Granularity in oncocytoma is due to abundant mitochondria can be stained by PTAH

• Presents of glycogen give rise to PAS positive stain. CANALICULAR ADENOMA:

Uncommon neoplasm composed of columnar epithelial cells arranged in a single or double layer forming branching cords in a loose stroma.




• Female predominance. Location:

Most common in intraoral accessory salivary glands – upper lip ( majority) followed by buccal mucosa.

Clinical presentation:

• Slowly growing, well circumscribed , firm nodule, not fixed to the tissue moves through the tissue for some distance.

• Overlying mucosa may be of normal colour or slightly bluish in colour.


• Surrounded by thin fibrous capsule.

• Composed of long columns or cords of cuboidal or columnar cells in a single layer

• The single layer of cells are parallel, forming long canals .

• Party wall may be formed by the double wall of cells.

Cystic spaces are filled with eosinophillic coagulum

• Stroma is loose and fibrillar with delicate vascularity.

SEBACEOUS ADENOMA: CLINICAL FEATURES Age: • Mean -58YRS Sex: • Male predominance. Location:

• Both major and minor salivary glands. Clinical presentation:


• Sebaceous cell nests show minimal atypia and pleomorphism and has no tendency to invade local structures.

• Many tumor are microcystic and may be composed of ectactic salivary duct with focal sebaceous differentiation.

• Tumor may exhibit - oncocytic metaplasia and histiocytes and /or forign body giant cells


It includes three rare group of benign papillary salivary gland tumors they are

• Inverted ductal papilloma

• Intra ductal papilloma

• Sialadenoma papilliferum Inverted ductal papilloma:

Very rare tumor. CLINICAL FEATURES



• Adults Sex:

• No gender prediliction Location:

• Only in minor salivary gland tumors. – lower lip followed by buccal vestibular mucosa. Clinical presentation:

• Presents as submucosal nodule which may have a pit or indentation in the overlying mucosa. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Basaloid and squamous cells arranged in thick, bulbous papillary proliferation that projects in to ductal lumen.

• Lumen of the tumor is narrow and may communicates to the exterior of the mucosal surface through the constricted opening.

Intra ductal papilloma:

• Ill defined lesion, arise from excretory ducts at a deeper level than inverted ductal papilloma. CLINICAL FEATURES


• Adults, mean – 54 yrs Sex:

• No gender predilection Location:

• Minor salivary glands – lower lip followed by upper lip, palate and buccal mucosa Clinical presentation:

• Submucasal swelling. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Show unicystic dialated structure.

• Cyst wall lined by a single or double row of cuboidal columnar cells which extend in to the cyst lumen as papillary projections having fibro vascular stroma.

SIALADENOMA PAPILLIFERUM: CLINICAL FEATURES: Age: • Adults – 56 yrs Sex: Male predilection Location:

• Most commonly involve minor salivary glands. Clinical presentation:



• Exhibits both exophytic and endophytic proliferation of ductal epithelium.

• Papillary projections of the surface epithelium is supported by the fibrovascular core having inflammatory cell infiltrate of lymphocytes , plasma cells and neutrophills.

• , covered by parakeratotic stratified squamous epithelium.

• Ductal lumen are lined by tall columnar cells resting on the cuboidal basal layer of cells.


• Characterized by formation of multiple cystic structures CLINICAL FEATURES


Older age group – 8th decade


• Female prediliction Location:

• Both major and minor salivary glands. Clinical presentation:

• Painless slightly compressible swelling


• Lining of the cystic structure varies from flattened to tall columnar cells and cuboidal, mucous and oncocytic cells

Limited papillary growth with central connective tissue

• Dense scattered fibrous connective tissue stroma are present with scattered inflammatory cells.



Third most common malignant salivary gland tumor after mucoepidermoid carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.


Here the malignant cells show acinar differentiation. Def:

Acinic cell carcinoma is defined by cytologic differentiation towards serous acinar cells, whose characteristic feature is cytoplasmic PAS – positive zymogen – type sceretory granules.



• Middle age group. mean – 44yrs Sex

• Female predominance – 3;2 ratio. Location:

• more than 80% occur in the parotid gland.

• Common intraoral sites – lip and buccal mucosa. Clinical presentation:

• Slow growing , mobile or fixed mass of various duration

• Rare features – facial muscle weakness, bilateral synchronous tumors. HISTOPATHOLOGY

• Well differentiated cells bear remarkable resemblance to normal acinar cell

• Less differentiated cell resemble embryonic ducts and immature acinar cells.

• Show four growth patterns:

Solid – numerous well differentiated acinar cells arranged in a pattern that resemble

normal parotid gland tissue.

Papillar cystic – large cystic areas that are lined by epithelium having papillary

projections in to cystic spaceses.

Follicular – appear similar to that of thyroid tissue.

Microcystic – show multiple small cystic spaces having some mucinous or eosinophillic


Characteristically cells resemble acinar cells with abundant granular basophilic cytoplasm and round darkly stained eccentric nucleus.

• Presents of intercalated duct like cells, which are smaller and vacuolated cells are unique to the acinic cell carcinomas

• Delicately fibrovascular collagenous tissue.

Parotid acinic cell carcinoma show lymphoid elements. MUCOEPIDERMOID CARCINOMA:

Most common malignant salivary gland tumor in both major and minor salivary glands. ( 29 – 34%) Tumor consists of both mucous secreting cells and epidermoid type cellsin varying proportions.


Ionizing radiation increase the risk of developing mucoepidermoid carcinoma. Age:

3rd or 5th decade of life.

• Most common salivary gland tumor of children. Sex:

• Slight female prediliction Location:

• Major salivary glands - parotid is the most common site

• Minor salivary glands – palate is the most common site. Clinical presentation:


• Low – grade malignancy appear as slowly enlarging painless mass .

• High –grade malignancy grows rapidly and does produce pain as an early symptom, facial nerve paralysis in parotid gland tumors.

Rare features - trismus, drainage from the ear, dysphagia, nubness of the adjacent areas and ulceration ( particularly in minor salivary glands)

• Intraosseous tumors also may develop.

• Distant metastasis to lung, bone, brain and subcutaneous tissue are also common. HISTOPATHOLOGY

• It characteristically contain

• Mucous sercreting cells

• Epidermoid cells( squamous cells)

• Intermediate cells.

• Mucous cells are of various shape and have abundant, pale, foamy cytoplasm that stain positive for mucin stain.

• Epidermoid cells have squamoid feature demonstrate polygonal shape, intercellular bridges and rarely keratinization

• Intermediate cells are larger than basal cells and smaller than the squamous cells

• Progenitors of epidermoid and mucous cells.

Occasionally show clear cells ar seen which are mucin and glycogen free.

• Lymyphoid infiltrate can be seen in few cases. Denpending up on

Amount of cyst formation Degree of cytologic atypia

Relative no of mucous, epidermoid and intermediate cells It is devided in to three grades.


Intermediated-grade High -grade Low grade:

• Show well formed glandular structure and prominent mucin filled cystic spaceses, minimal cellular atypia and a high proportion of mucous cells

Intermediate grade:

• Show solid areas of epidermoid cells or squamous cells with intermediate basaloid cells. Cyst formation is less prominent than in low grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma

• Intermediate cells are prominent. High-grade:

• Show solid nests and cords of intermediate basaloid cells and epidermoid cells.

• Prominent nuclear pleomorphism and mitotic activity is noted

• Cystic component is less than 20%

• Glandular component predominates rarely

• Necrosis and perineural invasion is present Grading parameters and point values

Histologic variants

Sclerosing mucoepidermoid carcinoma Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Parameter Point values

Intra cystic components < 20% + 2

Neural invasion + 2


Four or more mitoses per 10 HPF + 3

Anaplsia present + 4


LOW 0-4


HIGH 7-14

Sclerosing mucoepidermoid carcinoma:

• Pathogenesis _ due to tumor infarction and extravasation of mucin resulting in reactive fibrosis

• Rare variant

• Characterized by an intense central sclerosis that occupies the entirety of the tumor and frequently show inflammatory infiltrate of plasma cells , eosinophils and or lymphocytes in the peripheral region.

Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma/ Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma:

• Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma - Originate with in the jaw

• Pathogenesis – malignant transformation of the epithelial lining of the odontogenic cysts.

• Age – middle age adults

• Site- common in mandible – molar ramus area.

• R/F- Radioluscent

• H/F: Low grade malignancy



Tumor arises in the salivary gland tissue entrapped with in paraparotid or intrparotid lymphnode during embryogenesis. / lymphoid component is the exaggerated secretory immune response.

Strongly associated with smoking. EBV may be associated with the disease. CLINICAL FEATURES:


6 and 7th decade of life.


• Male predominance. Location:

• Almost exclusive in parotid gland. – tail region – at the angle of the mandible. Clinical presentation:

• Slow growing nodular masss.

• Painless, firm in palpation. HISTOPATHILOGIC FEATURES:

• Macroscopic examination:

• Soft parotid mass, well encapsulated , contain variable no of cysts that contain clear fluid. Chocolate coloured fluid can be seen.


Microscopic features:

• Show two histologic components epithelial and shows papillary projections in to the cystic space and lymphoid matrix showing germinal centers.

• Cyst lined by bilayered papillary proliferation of oncocytes

Inner layer is tall columnar with finely granular and eosinophilic cytoplasm due to presence of mitochondria and centrally placed pallisaded, slightly hyperchromatic nuclei.

• Outer layer of cells are triangular and occasionally fusiform basaloid cells.


Characterized by proliferation of ductal ( luminal) and myoepithelial cells in cribriform,tubular, solid and cystic pattern.

Fifth most common malignant epithelial tumor of the salivary glands..


5TH AND 6TH decade of life.


• Female predominance Location:

• Major glands- parotid,sub maxillary glands

• Acessary glands – palate,tongue. Clinical presentation

• Local pain,facial nerve paralysis in the case of parotid.

• Fixation to the deeper structures and local invasion.

• Intra oral lesions may exhibit ulcerations.

• Show marked tendency to spread through perineural space.

• Tumor in palate or maxillary sinus may radiographic evidence of bone distruction. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

Myoepithelial and ductal cells show varying arrangement. Characteristically show perineural invasion

Morphologically show 3 growth patterns: Cribriform pattern

Tubular pattern Solid pattern

Cribriform pattern:

• Basalpid epithelial nests form multiple cyst like patterns resembling a swiss cheese or honey comb pattern.


• Lumen contain PAS positive mucopolysaccharide secretion.

Tubular pattern:

• Structures are lined by stratified cuboidal epithelium.

Solid pattern:

• Show little tendency of cyst formation

• Least common type

• High grade lesion Variants:

Dedifferentiated adenoid cystic carcinoma:

• Rare variant

Histologically characterizedby two components

Conventional low-grade adenoid cystic carcinoma High- grade dedifferentiated carcinoma

Histologically low-grade adenoid cystic carcinoma merges gradually in to an extensive dedifferentiated component.


Over expression of p53, cyclin D1,Ki 67


Characterized by bland ,uniform nuclear feature, diverse but characteristic architecture;infiltrative growth and perineural infiltration.

Previously termed terminal duct carcinoma,lobular carcinoma,papillary carcinoma and trabecular carcinoma. CLINICALFEATURES Age: • 50 – 79 years Sex • Female predominance (2;1) Location

• Most common in minor salivary gland tumors – 60% - hard and soft palate, 16% buccal mucosa, 12% upper lip.

Clinical presentation:

• Firm, non-tender swelling.

• Occasionally – discomfort, bleeding, telangiectasia or ulceration over the mucosa can be seen. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Characterized by infiltrative growth with diverse morphology and uniform cytologic features.

• Polymorphic nature of the lesion refers to variety of growth patterns like – solid, ductal, cystic and tubular.

• Or cribriform pattern resembling adenoid cystic carcinoma.

• Composed of cuboidal to columnar isomorphic cells that have uniform ovoid to spindle – shaped nuclei,with scant to moderate amounts of eosinophilic cytoplasm.stroma – fibrovascular or mucoid to hyaline


• Show perineural invasion.


Uncommon,biphasiclow-grade epithelial neoplasm composed of variablepraportion of ductaland large,clear-staining,differentiated myoepithelial cells

CLINICALFEATURES Age • Mean – 60yrs Sex • Female predominance Location

Most common in parotid gland. Clinical presentation:

• Slow growing localized swelling.

• Occasionally patient experience facial weakness or pain HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Histopathology varies from Solid lobules separated by bands of hyalinized fibrous tissue to irregular,papillary cystic arrangements with tumor cells which partially or completely fill the cystic spaces

• Islands of tumor cells composed of small ducts lined by cuboidal epithelium that is surrounded by clear cells which interfere with a thickened , hyaline like basement membrane.


Un common low grade malignant neoplasm that is cytologically similar to basal cell adenoma but is infiltrative and has a small potential for metastasis.


• Mean age 60yrs Sex

• No gender prediliction Location

Most common in major salivary gland tumors - parotid gland (90%)

- rare – buccal mucosa, palate and respiratory tract. Clinical presentation


• Rarely sudden increasein size. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

Histologically show four subtypes. Solid

Ductal Trabecular and Membranous

• Solid neoplasticaggregatesshow peripheral cell palisading arrangement

• Neoplasticclustersshow small darkcells and largepale cells

• Predominant small dark cells arepresent peripherally to large paler cellsoccasionally perineural and perivascular invasion is seen



Characterized by malignant sebaceous cells arranged in sheete and/or nests Age

Bimodaldistribution- 3rd decade, 7-8th decade.


Equal gender predilection. Location

• Most common- parotid gland. Clinical presentation

• Paiful mass with varying degree of facdialnerve paralysis

• Occasionally fixed to the underlying skin HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Well or partially encapsulated with pushing or infiltrating masses.

• Cellular pleomorphism and cellular atypia are uniformly present.

• Multiple large foci or sheets of tumor cells have hyperchromatic nuclei surrounded by abundant clear to eosinophilic cytoplasm





• Average 59 years Sex

Equal gender predilection Location

• Major salivary glands- primarily parotid gland Clinical presentation

• Slow growing asymptomatic mass. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• predominately show cystic growth pattern.

• Lumen often filled with mucus and hemorrhage

• Rarely focal dystrophic calsifications are present

• Lining cells of the tumor are cuboidal to columnar

• Tumor cells may contain basaloid, oncocytic, clear and mucus cells to form adenomatous or nodular ,solid areas

• Tumor may infiltrate either as cyst like structure or as solid islands

• Majority of them are low grade lesions.



Rare malignant neoplasm charatarized by large amountof extracellular epithelial mucin that contain cords,nests,and solitary epithelial cells

Age Sex Location:

• Major salivary glands primarily –subandibular gland. Clinical presentation

• May be associated with pain and tenderness.

• Presents as soft, spongy masses HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Grossly specimens aremucoid with slimy texture and may ooze mucoid material.

• Characteristically in low power view show islands and cordsof tumorcells appearto befloating with in the poolsof palestaining mucinpools of mucin may be devided in to irregular lobules by fibrous connective septa.

• Tumor cells are moderately large,cuboidal and polygonal with eosinophilic to amphophillic cytoplasm

• The tumor islands aresurrounded by pale-staining mucoid substance.

• Mucoid substance stain with mucicarmine, periodic-acid –schiff and alcian blue at PH 2 .




• Average age 63 years. Sex


• Major glands- parotid, submandibular glands

• Minor glands-palate.nasalcavity,ethmoidalandmaxillary sinuses. Clinical presentation:

• Skin overlying the gland occasionally discoloured or wrinkled HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Show significant component of oncocytes

• Characterized by oncocytes with marked cellular atypia, frequent mitosis, distruction of the adjacent structures, perineural invasion and distant or regional lymph node metastasis.


CLINICALFEATURES Rare high grade tumor Age

• Seventh and eight decade of life. Sex

• Male predominance. Location

• Most common is parotid gland. Clinical presentation

• Parotid swelling is the common feature.

• Facial nerve disfunction or paralysis occur in fewcases

• High grade variant is most aggressive type, typified by localinvasion,lymphatic and hematogenous spread with poor prognosis.


• Tumor cells may have small lumina or cribriform arrangement or frequently have solid, irregular shaped cell aggregates.

• Neoplastic epithelial cells are cuboidal and polygonal with a moderate amount of eosinophilic cytoplasn and are accompanied by dense fibrous connective tissue stroma that may be hyalinized in some areas.invasion of nerves,blood vessels and salivary glands and extrasalivary gland tissue occurs



• Rare but aggressive tumor. CLINICALFEATURES


• Average age – 40 years Sex

• Equal sex prediliction Location:

• Major salivary gands – parotid

• Minor salivary glands –palate, lip, tongue Clinical presentation

• Enlarging mass

• App 25% of patients complaints of pain or facial paralysis. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Solid tumor with out cystic spaces

• Commonly show formation of glandular structures Based on degree of cellular differentiation it is graded in to Grade I

Grade II Grade III

Grade I have well formed ductal structures

Grade III have more solid growth pattern.and few glandular structures.


Defined as malignant epithelial neoplasm whose tumor cells demonstrate cytologic differentiation towards the myoepithelial cells and lack ductal or acinar differentiation.


• Mean age 55 yrs Sex


• Most common parotid gland Clinical presentation

• Painless mass

• Clinically Presents as intermediate to high –grade tumor and does not correlate with histological grades.


• Individual cells are resemble tumor cells in myoepithelioma amd myoepithelial cells of mixed tumor.

• Tumor cells are spindle shaped or plasmacytoid.

• Tumor is quite cellular resembling sarcoma than carcinoma

• Show infiltrative , destructive growth, increased mitotic activity and cellular pleomorphism.

• IHC – S100, smooth muscle actin, occasionally glial fibrillary acidic protein.

CARCINOMA IN PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMA / MALIGNANT MIXED TUMOR It includes three distinct clinicopathologic entities.

Carcinoma ex plemorphic adenoma Carcinosarcoma and

Metastasizing mixed tumor (rare)


Most common of the three.

6th most common malignant salivary gland tumor after mucoepidermoid carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, acinic

cell carcinoma, polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma

Characterized by malignant transformation of the epithelial component of a previously benign plemorphic adenoma.


6th to 8th decade of life


• Slight female predominance Location

• Major salivary glands – parotid followed by submandibular gland

• Minor salivary glands - palate Clinical presentation:

• Painless mass / rapid enlargement of long – standing nodule

• May be associate with facial paralysis. HISTOPATHOLOGY:

• Malignant appearing cells occur afjacent to a typically appearing pleomorphic adenoma.

• Malignant portion may transform in to any epithelial malignancy ( like undifferentiated carcinoma or adenocarcinoma) except acinic cell


Rare malignant salivary gland neoplasm that contain both carcinoma and sarcoma components. Mmetastatic component has both stromal and epithelial component.


• Denovo

• In association with benign mixed tumor CLINICAL FEATURES




• Equal gender predilection Localtion

• Major salivary glands Clinical presentation:

• Swelling, pain, nerve palsy and ulceration.


• Tumor shows both sarcomatus and carcinomatus component.

• Sarcoma – chondrosarcoma is most common

• Carcinoma – undifferentiated or high grade ductal carcinoma. METASTASIZING MIXED TUMOR:

• Benign acting plemorphic adenoma that develop metastatic deposits

• Primary neoplasm is single , well- defined mass

• Recurrent lesion may be multiple and show a long interval between the primary tumor and the metastatic tumor.