alexa Pleomorphic Adenoma of the Parapharyngeal Space: A Comm
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Case Report

Pleomorphic Adenoma of the Parapharyngeal Space: A Common Tumour at an Uncommon Site

BVS Kartheek1, Sushma J1, PV Sudhakar2, and A. Bhagya Lakshmi3*
  1. Department of Pathology, Andhra Medical College, Vishakapatnam 530002, Andhra Pradesh, India
  2. Department of Plastic Surgery, Andhra Medical College / King George Hospital, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  3. Department of Pathology, Andhra Medical College / King George Hospital, Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Corresponding Author: Department of Pathology, Andhra Medical College / King George Hospital,Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Received: 17/08/2014 Accepted: 21/09/2014 Revised: 19/09/2014


Tumours arising in parapharyngeal space accounts for less than 1% of all head and neck tumours. Though pleomorphic adenoma (PA) is the most common benign minor salivary gland tumour but it is a rare occurrence in parapharyngeal space. Here we present a case of pleomorphic adenoma arising in parapharyngeal space in a 70 year old man who presented with a painless slow growing intra-oral swelling and dysphagia since 6 months.Computed tomography (CT) examination revealed an ill defined soft tissue density mass of size 46 mm at right infra temporal fossa. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) was suggestive of PA. The entire tumor mass was excised along with overlying mucosa. Histopathological examination confirmed diagnosis of PA of minor salivary gland. There has been no recurrence of the lesion since 6 months.


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