Pleomorphic Adenoma

November 1, 2008

It was not until she went to have an impression made for a broken dental retainer that this 17-year-old girl became aware of a mass on the left side of the palate.

It was not until she went to have an impression made for a broken dental retainer that this 17-year-old girl became aware of a mass on the left side of the palate. This lesion, which was asymptomatic, is a pleomorphic adenoma-a benign mixed tumor and the most common benign tumor of the intraoral salivary glands. It may occur at any oral site, although it is most frequently seen on the palate,1 and it can also develop in heterotopic cervical salivary tissue.2 This tumor can develop at any age and is slightly more prevalent among women. In this case, it was removed by excision.

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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol.

1998;66:323-333.

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. Rodgers GK, Felder H, Yunis EJ. Pleomorphic adenoma of cervical heterotopic salivary gland tissue: case report and review of neoplasms arising in cervical heterotopic salivary gland tissue.

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.

1991;104:533-536.