Salivary glands

Author: Adriana Handra-Luca, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 21 March 2018, last major update September 2012

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Handra-Luca, A. Grossing. website. Accessed January 22nd, 2019.
Definition / general
  • At least one section per 1 cm of tumor for large tumors, including tumor center and periphery
  • Submit entire tumor if can do so in 5 sections or less
  • Submit resection margins
  • Save intervening levels on biopsies for special stains
  • For neck dissections, should have 6 or more lymph nodes if selective dissection and 10 or more if modified radical neck dissection

Note also presence or absence of:
  • Capsule
  • Cartilage, calcific deposits
  • Cystic change
  • Extraglandular extension
  • Localized / diffuse nature of tumor
  • Margin involvement
  • Necrosis
  • Solitary / multifocal tumor