Large pleomorphic adenoma

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard


Chewing and swallowing difficulty, with left TMJ region pain.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.


A large left parapharyngeal heterogenously mild enhancing solid mass lesion with some calcifications, reaching close to pterygoid muscles, and causing oropharyngeal attenuation.

Case Discussion

Large pleomorphic adenoma.


Left parapharyngeal mass, resection: Pleomorphic adenoma.

Gross description

Received is a single container consists of a rubbery nodule weighing 26 g and measuring 5 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm. Smooth external surface is inked in black. A cross-section of the nodule shows fibrous homogeneous structure with a possible central area of scarring.

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