Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Pitfalls in Cytodiagnosis of Pleomorphic Adenoma of the Nasal Septum - A Rare Case Report

By Abhishek MG, Vijayshankar S and Amitha Krishnappa


Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common benign mixed tumor of major salivary gland. Ectopic occurrence of pleomorphic adenoma are seen in minor salivary glands of pharynx, trachea, larynx and very rarely in nasal septum. We report a case of 40 year old female who presented with right sided nasal mass and mild nasal obstruction since six months. Cytologically a possibility of pleomorphic adenoma was made which was confirmed by histopathological study. We present this case due to 1) rarity in the nasal septum 2) pitfalls at cytology due to abundance (predominance) of myoepithelial cells and scanty or even absent mesenchymal component and 3) under reporting in English literature to the best of our knowledge

Topics: Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Publisher: Dr. B.S. Kakkilaya
Year: 2010
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. A Clinical study of benign tumors of Nose and Paranasal sinuses.
  2. Giant pleomorphic adenoma of the nasal fossae.
  3. Nasal Pleomorphic Adenoma: Resection Via Degloving. Int Arch Otolaryngol.
  4. Pleomorphic adenoma of Nasal septum.
  5. (2008). Pleomorphic adenoma of the nasal septum: a case report. J Med Case Reports.
  6. Role of Fine needle aspiration cytology in diagnosis of pleomorphic adenomas.
  7. (1984). Tumors of the Head and Neck: Clinical and Pathological Consideration. 2nd ed.

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.