Acinic cell carcinoma with follicular pattern of the soft palate

Bircan S., Kayaselcuk F., Yavuz H., Tuncer H.

PATHOLOGY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, vol.200, pp.575-579, 2004 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 200
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.prp.2004.04.011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.575-579


Acinic cell carcinoma (ACC) is an uncommon low-grade malignancy of the salivary glands. Most cases occur in the major salivary gland, but a few cases affecting the minor salivary gland have also been described. Although various growth patterns have been reported in the literature, a few cases have been diagnosed as ACC with follicular pattern. We present a rare case of ACC with follicular pattern of the soft palate in a 60-year-old man. The occurrence of ACC in this area is extremely rare, and its striking thyroid-like appearance may cause confusion in the differential diagnosis. (C) 2004 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.