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Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma of the tongue: a case
Ruchi Gupta, Kirti Gupta* and Rijuneeta GuptaAddress: Department of Histopathology and Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical
Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
Email: Ruchi Gupta -ruchipgi@yahoo.co.in; Kirti Gupta* - kirtigupta10@yahoo.co.in; Rijuneeta Gupta - rijuneeta@yahoo.com
* Corresponding author

Published: 2 December 2009
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2009, 3:9313doi:10.1186/1752-1947-3-9313

Received: 16 September 2008
Accepted: 2 December 2009

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Introduction: Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma is a distinct neoplasm of thesalivary
gland composed of luminal and non-luminal tumor cells admixed in varying proportions. Its
resemblance to lobular carcinoma of the breast had led to its earlier nomenclature of 'terminalduct
carcinoma'. Most patients present with an asymptomatic mass in the hard palate. In rare cases, the
mass can also occur in the tongue. We report an unusual case of polymorphous low-gradeadenocarcinoma at the base of tongue.
Case presentation: A 47-year-old Asian Caucasian woman presented with a painless swelling at
the right lateral border of the tongue with an intact overlying mucosa.There were no other
associated complaints. The lesion was excised and subjected to histopathological examination that
revealed an interesting and unusual morphology of polymorphous low-grade...
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