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Hemangioma in minor salivary glands: real or illusion

Irulandy Ponniah1*, Palani SureshKumar2, Kaliappan Karunakaran3, Kolappan A Shankar4, Mayelam G Kumaran4 and Lakshmi Narasimhan Preeti5

Author Affiliations

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Tamil Nadu Government Dental College & Hospital, Chennai 600 003, India

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery, Tamil Nadu Government Dental College & Hospital, Chennai 600 003 India,

3 Associate Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, JKK Natarajah Dental College & Hospital, Nammakal, Tamil Nadu, India

4 Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologist, In Private Practice, Chennai, India

5 Postgraduate Student, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Tamil Nadu Government Dental College & Hospital, Chennai 600 003, India

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Diagnostic Pathology 2006, 1:21  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-1-21

Published: 17 August 2006

Abstract

Hemangioma is a common soft tissue lesion in the head and neck region. Hemangioma in the context of minor salivary glands is rarely encountered in surgical pathology practice, and for this reason most pathologist are often unfamiliar with its histomorphological features. We report a rare histological finding of salivary gland structures within a cavernous hemangioma, which may or may not have originated in the minor salivary gland.