Nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx
Other tumors
Warthin tumor

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 25 May 2018, last major update November 2004

Copyright: (c) 2004-2018,, Inc.

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Cite this page: Pernick, N. Warthin tumor. website. Accessed November 18th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Also called papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum
  • Very rare in nasopharynx; almost exclusively found in the parotid salivary gland
  • Usually men, peak incidence in seventh decade of life
  • Associated with cigarette smoking
  • Reactive, not neoplastic
Case reports
  • Excision is almost always curative, rarely recurs
  • May be associated with other benign or malignant tumors
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Glandular and cystic tumor lined by an inner double layer of oncocytic epithelium with a lymphoid cuff
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Molecular / cytogenetics description
Differential diagnosis