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Juvenile pleomorphic adenoma of the cheek: a case report and review of literature

Taufik Dalati1* and Mahmoud R Hussein2

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1 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Damascus University Hospitals, Damascus, Syria

2 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Assuit University Hospitals, Assuit, Egypt

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Diagnostic Pathology 2009, 4:32  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-4-32

Published: 22 September 2009

Abstract

Pleomorphic adenoma, also called benign mixed tumor, is the most common tumor of the salivary glands. About 90% of these tumors occur in the parotid gland and 10% in the minor salivary glands. The most common sites of pleomorphic adenoma of the minor salivary glands are the palates followed by lips and cheeks. Other rare sites include the throat, floor of the mouth, tongue, tonsil, pharynx, retromolar area and nasal cavity. In children, intraoral pleomorphic adenomas of the cheek are extremely rare with only three cases reported to date. Here we report a case of pleomorphic adenoma of minor salivary glands of the cheek in a 17-year-old girl. The mass was removed by wide local excision with adequate margins, and after a follow-up period of three years there were no recurrences. To conclude, pleomorphic adenoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cheek masses in youngsters. Wide local excision is to be recommended as the treatment of choice. A close follow-up is necessary postoperatively.