Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 159, Issue 3, pp 459–463

Brain metastasis of carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma of the parotid gland: case report and review of the literature

  • Ruth Lau
  • Alejandro Fernández-Coello
  • Noemí Vidal-Sarró
  • Dennis Céspedes
  • Angels Camins
  • Miren Taberna
  • Andreu Gabarrós
Case Report - Brain Tumors

DOI: 10.1007/s00701-017-3080-9

Cite this article as:
Lau, R., Fernández-Coello, A., Vidal-Sarró, N. et al. Acta Neurochir (2017) 159: 459. doi:10.1007/s00701-017-3080-9


We present an extremely infrequent case of brain metastasis of a parotid tumor. To our knowledge, this is the second case reported of a brain metastasis of a malignant parotid tumor, carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma. Pleomorphic adenoma represents 60% of tumors of the parotid gland, and although it is a benign tumor, it can transform into carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma in 5% of cases, one of the most aggressive neoplasms of the salivary glands. We want to note the need for an accurate diagnostic. Thanks to aggressive surgical management, our patient survived more than 1½ years.


Parotid tumor Brain metastasis Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurosurgery Department, Bellvitge HospitalL’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  2. 2.Anatomopathology Department, Bellvitge HospitalL’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  3. 3.Neurorradiology Department, Institud de Diagnòstic per la Imatge (IDI), Bellvitge HospitalL’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  4. 4.Department of Medical Oncology, IDIBELLCatalan Institute of Oncology (ICO)L’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  5. 5.Cancer Epidemiology Research Program, IDIBELLCatalan Institute of Oncology (ICO)L’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  6. 6.University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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