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:

ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads

Cases and figures

  • Case 1: of left lacrimal gland
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 2: of nasopharynx
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 3: of paranasal sinuses
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 4: of hard palate
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 5: adenocystic carcinoma of the trachea
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 6: of trachea (with bronchoscopy)
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

     Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

     Thank you for updating your details.