Submandibular pleomorphic adenoma

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Ryan


Mass in right submandibular gland.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male

Ultrasound demonstrates a well circumscribed hypoechoic mass in the right submandibular gland, measuring 1.0 x 1.2  x 1.4cm in diameter. Colour examination demonstrates prominent internal vascularity.

 Images courtesy of Dr Anthony Upton


FNA mass in right submandibular gland.

The FNA smears show classic features of pleomorphic adenoma:

  • cellular, with single to irregular groups and sheets of epithelial cells
  • interspersed stromal fragments
  • background population of myoepithelial cells - often described as having a 'plasmacytoid' appearance

FNA submandibular gland (pap stain) - The smears show large numbers of epithelial cells interspersed with vaguely fibrillary to whispy stroma. 

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Case information

rID: 16681
Published: 10th Feb 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
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