Myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid gland metastatic to the kidney

Case report and review of the literature

Zhiqin Wang, Bruce Herrington, Mary R. Schwartz, Rodolfo Laucirica

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Abstract

Myoepithelial carcinoma is a rare locally aggressive malignant neoplasm of the salivary glands. The tumor is composed almost exclusively of tumor cells with myoepithelial differentiation and characterized by infiltrative growth and potential for distant metastasis. Tumor cells often display morphologic heterogeneity with a wide range of cytomorphologic features, such as epithelioid, plasmacytoid, spindle, and clear cell types, making its recognition challenging. Only limited reports on its metastatic behavior are available in the literature. We describe a case of metastatic myoepithelial carcinoma of the kidney from the parotid gland diagnosed by computed tomography guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy. Immunochemical studies are important to con-firm myoepithelial differentiation of the tumor cells. Knowledge of the clinical history, radiographic characterization, andmorphological correlation with the primary tumor are emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Cytopathology
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Parotid Gland
Carcinoma
Kidney
Neoplasms
Myoepithelioma
Salivary Gland Neoplasms
Fine Needle Biopsy
Cell Differentiation
Tomography
Neoplasm Metastasis
Growth

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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Myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid gland metastatic to the kidney : Case report and review of the literature. / Wang, Zhiqin; Herrington, Bruce; Schwartz, Mary R.; Laucirica, Rodolfo.

In: Diagnostic Cytopathology, Vol. 38, No. 4, 01.04.2010, p. 279-282.

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