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Adenoid cystic carcinoma

Adenoid cystic carcinoma
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Micrograph of an adenoid cystic carcinoma of a salivary gland (right of image). Normal serous glands, typical of the parotid gland, are also seen (left of image). H&E stain.
Classification and external resources
ICD-O M8200/3
NCI Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Patient UK Adenoid cystic carcinoma
MeSH D003528

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) is a rare type of cancer that can exist in many different body sites. It most often occurs in the areas of the head and neck, in particular the salivary glands; but has also been reported in the breast, lacrimal gland of the eye, lung, brain, bartholin gland, trachea, and the paranasal sinuses. It is sometimes referred to as adenocyst, malignant cylindroma, adenocystic, adenoidcystic, ACC or AdCC.

It is the third most common malignant salivary gland tumor overall (after mucoepidermoid carcinoma and polymorphous low grade adenocarcinoma). It represents 28% of malignant submandibular gland tumors, making it the single most common malignant salivary gland tumor in this region. Patients may survive for years with metastases because this tumor is generally well-differentiated and slow growing. In a 1999 study[1] of a cohort of 160 ACC patients, disease specific survival was 89% at 5 years but only 40% at 15 years,[2] reflecting deaths from late-occurring metastatic disease.


Primary treatment for this cancer, regardless of body site, is surgical removal with clean margins. This surgery can prove challenging in the head and neck region due to this tumour's tendency to spread along nerve tracts. Adjuvant or palliative radiotherapy is commonly given following surgery. For advanced major and minor salivary gland tumors that are inoperable, recurrent, or exhibit gross residual disease after surgery, fast neutron therapy is widely regarded as the most effective form of treatment.[3][4][5][6] Chemotherapy is used for metastatic disease. Chemotherapy is considered on a case by case basis, as there is limited trial data on the positive effects of chemotherapy. Clinical studies are ongoing, however.[citation needed]


File:Coronal MRI showing right parotid adenoid cystic carcinoma with perineural spread of tumor.jpg
Coronal MRI showing right parotid adenoid cystic carcinoma with perineural spread of tumor. The tumor originates in the right parotid gland and spreads along the trigeminal nerve via the auricuotemporal branch extending intracranially through the foramen ovale at the skull base towards Meckel's cave
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Coronal MRI showing right parotid adenoid cystic carcinoma with perineural spread of tumor along the facial nerve extending to the stylomastoid foramen
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Histopathological image of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland. Hematoxylin & eosin stain.
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Histopathological image of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland. Immunostain for S-100 protein.
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Micrograph of adenoid cystic carcinoma. FNA specimen. Pap stain.
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Adenoid cystic carcinoma with comedonecrosis

See also


  1. ^ Fordice, Jim; Kershaw, Corey; El-Naggar, Adel; Goepfert, Helmuth (February 1999). "Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Head and Neck: Predictors of Morbidity and Mortality". Archives of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery 125 (2): 149–52. PMID 10037280. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.2.149. 
  2. ^ Christopher Moskaluk, MD, PhD, and Henry F. Frierson, Jr., MD. "Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma." [1][dead link][self-published source?]
  3. ^ Laramore, GE (September 1987). "Fast neutron radiotherapy for inoperable salivary gland tumors: is it the treatment of choice?". International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 13 (9): 1421–3. PMID 3114190. doi:10.1016/0360-3016(87)90240-9. 
  4. ^ Prott FJ, Haverkamp U, Willich N, Wagner W, Micke O, Pötter R (1996). "Ten years of fast neutron therapy in Münster". Bulletin Du Cancer. Radiothérapie 83 (Suppl): 115s–21s. PMID 8949762. 
  5. ^ Douglas, James G; Laramore, George E; Austin-Seymour, Mary; Koh, Wui-jin; Stelzer, Keith; Griffin, Thomas W (February 2000). "Treatment of locally advanced adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck with neutron radiotherapy". International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 46 (3): 551–7. PMID 10701733. doi:10.1016/S0360-3016(99)00445-9. 
  6. ^ Breteau N, Wachter T, Kerdraon R et al. (2000). "Utilisation des neutrons rapides dans le traitement des tumeurs des glandes salivaires : rationnel, revue de la littérature et expérience d'Orléans" [Use of fast neutrons in the treatment of tumors of the salivary glands: rationale, review of the literature and experience in Orleans]. Cancer Radiothérapie (in French) 4 (3): 181–90. PMID 10897760. doi:10.1016/S1278-3218(00)89092-7. 

Further reading

  • Neville, Damm, Allen, Bouquot. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 2nd edition.

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