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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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ALVAREZ MARTINEZ, Efraín; BOTERO RAMIREZ, Xiomara  y  ARDILA MEDINA, Carlos Martín. Benign pleomorphic adenoma of the palate: a case presentation. AMC [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.4, pp. 499-507. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background:  benign pleomorphic adenoma is the most common tumor in the salivary glands. It is a mixed tumor that frequently appears in the parotid gland. Objective: to present the clinical and histopathologic characteristics of a benign pleomorphic adenoma located in the palate. Clinical case:  the case of a patient with a pleomorphic adenoma in the hard palate is presented. The tumor, that was 7 cm by 5 cm, was covered with a normal firm mucosa which had not much resilience and was rubbery and non-painful. Besides, the teeth in the area presented mobility. According to the radiography, there was a diffuse sclerotic region and from the histopathologic point of view, nests, cords, and ductal structures were detected, along with a luminal eosinophilic secretion. The patient underwent a partial maxillectomy and the placing of an intrasurgical splint. Conclusions: in spite of the fact that the pleomorphic adenoma is a benign tumor, it requires a surgical treatment with removal of a part of healthy tissue because the adenoma tens to infiltrate the capsule. The present case, due to its dimensions, required a partial maxillectomy.


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