Adenoid cystic carcinoma

Last revised by Ammar Haouimi on 23 Oct 2020

Adenoid cystic carcinomas are a rare histological subtype of adenocarcinoma.


Adenoid cystic carcinomas are generally considered low grade 4. The tumors have a notable tendency for perineural spread.


They have a wide distribution and mainly occur in relation to the airways, lacrimal glands and breasts. Reported locations include:

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