Salivary glands
Primary salivary gland neoplasms
Primary salivary gland neoplasms-classification

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PubMed Search: Classification[TI] salivary glands

F. Zahra Aly, M.D., Ph.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Aly FZ. Primary salivary gland neoplasms-classification. website. Accessed January 19th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Classification difficult because most tumors arise from or differentiate to epithelial or myoepithelial cells, which can undergo various metaplastic changes (oncocytic, chondroid, squamous, sebaceous)
  • Subtypes are clustered based on expression of myoepithelial, luminal and basal cell phenotypes (Mod Pathol 2004;17:803)
  • WHO classification: stresses distinction between benign and malignant
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