Salivary glands
Nonneoplastic tumors and tumor-like conditions
Adenomatous ductal hyperplasia of major / minor salivary glands

Author: Sally Tanakchi (see Authors page)
Editor: F. Zahra Aly, M.D., Ph.D.

Revised: 12 March 2018, last major update October 2015

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Cite this page: Tanakchi, S. Adenomatous ductal hyperplasia of major / minor salivary glands. website. Accessed December 13th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Incidental microscopic finding (70% incidence) during histologic examination of a salivary gland tumor
  • Predominates in male patients (3:1) in sixth decade of life
  • More frequent in parotid compared to submandibular gland (3:1)
  • Hypothesized to be a precursor lesion of salivary gland tumor, especially epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Proliferating ducts admixed with acinar cell complexes
  • Ducts are frequently lined with single layer of cells; on occasion, may have luminal and abluminal lining cells
  • Acinar cells are characterized by atrophic changes (loss of zymogen granules, decrease in cell volume) resulting in morphologic resemblance to intercalated ducts
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