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Quintessence Int 40 (2009), No. 8     30. July 2009
Quintessence Int 40 (2009), No. 8  (30.07.2009)

Page 623-626, PubMed:19639085

Canalicular adenoma of a minor salivary gland on the palate: A case presentation
Werder, Peter / Altermatt, Hans Jörg / Zbären, Peter / Bornstein, Michael M.
Canalicular adenomas are uncommon, benign epithelial neoplasms of the salivary glands that usually involve the upper lip and buccal mucosa of elderly people. Differential diagnosis of the canalicular adenoma versus adenocarcinoma is important, as it may result in unjustified radiotherapy or extensive and aggressive surgery. Despite the benign nature of canalicular adenomas, complete surgical removal and a regular clinical follow-up are recommended. The present article describes the diagnostic procedures, surgical management, and follow-up of a canalicular adenoma involving the palate of a 71-year-old man.

Keywords: canalicular adenoma, carbon dioxide laser, minor salivary gland tumor