Papillary adenocarcinoma in submandibular region

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Tuhkuri , A , Hirvonen , J & Irjala , H 2016 , ' Papillary adenocarcinoma in submandibular region ' , Acta oto-laryngologica case reports , vol. 1 , no. 1 , pp. 119-122 .

Title: Papillary adenocarcinoma in submandibular region
Author: Tuhkuri, Anna; Hirvonen, Jussi; Irjala, Heikki
Contributor organization: Clinicum
Department of Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Anestesiologian yksikkö
Date: 2016
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: Acta oto-laryngologica case reports
ISSN: 2377-2484
Abstract: Lateral ectopic thyroid is a rare event and even more uncommon is a primary malignancy in lateral ectopic thyroid. We present a case of papillary adenocarcinoma in lateral ectopic thyroid in submandibular space in a 55-year old male. To our knowledge this is the third case documented in the world and the first one in Europe. Lateral ectopic thyroid in this region is easily masqueraded as a submandibular gland swelling and so was our patients' tumor preliminarily diagnosed as a submandibular gland tumor. Furthermore, in the preoperative computed tomography (CT) scan the tissue was misinterpreted being adjacent to the submandibular gland. The diagnosis was revealed during the surgery and confirmed by the histology. This report demonstrates the difficulty in the differential diagnosis of neck masses. Although rare, ectopic tissue should be remembered as a possible diagnosis of all neck masses and the relevant preoperative examination should be performed by skilled professionals.
Subject: 3125 Otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology
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