parotid gland

Basal cell adenocarcinoma of the salivary glands

Basal cell adenocarcinoma is a type of salivary gland cancer. The salivary glands are a group of small organs found predominantly in the head and neck. Most tumours are found in the parotid gland, the largest salivary gland located in the neck just under the ear. About this article This article was written by doctors …
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Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma

What is epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma? Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma (EMC) is a type of salivary gland cancer. The tumour is described as a biphasic salivary gland neoplasm because it is made up of two populations of cells: ductal (luminal) cells and myoepithelial (abluminal) cells. Where is epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma found in the body? The most common location for epithelial-myoepithelial …
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Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma

What is carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma? Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma is a type of salivary gland cancer that develops from within a previously noncancerous tumour called pleomorphic adenoma. What does ex pleomorphic adenoma mean? In pathology, carcinoma is a general term used to describe a group of cancerous tumours made up of epithelial cells while …
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Secretory carcinoma of the salivary glands

What is secretory carcinoma of the salivary glands? Secretory carcinoma is a relatively uncommon type of salivary gland cancer. It is characterized by a genetic change involving the genes ETV6, RET, or NTRK3. This genetic change results in a combination or fusion of two of the three genes. A similar tumour can be found in …
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Myoepithelioma of the salivary glands

What is a myoepithelioma? A myoepithelioma is a non-cancerous type of salivary gland tumour. It is made up of specialized myoepithelial cells that are normally found in the salivary gland. This tumour should not be confused with the similarly named myoepithelioma that starts in soft tissue. Where is myoepithelioma normally found? Most myoepitheliomas are found …
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Warthin tumour

What is a Warthin tumour? A Warthin tumour is a non-cancerous type of salivary gland tumour. Most Warthin tumours are found in the parotid gland. What causes a Warthin tumour? Warthin tumours are strongly associated with a history of cigarette smoking. For patients without a history of smoking, the cause remains unclear. What are the …
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