Cytologic Clues to the Diagnosis of Lymphoepithelioma-Like Carcinoma of Parotid Gland with Possible Therapeutic Implications

  • Pallavi Sinha
  • Nadeem TanveerEmail author
  • Taruna Bansal
  • Vinod Kumar Arora
Letter to the Editor


Lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma (LELC) is a rare histological variant, comprising less than 1% of all salivary gland neoplasms [1]. The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined it as “a poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma or histologically undifferentiated carcinoma accompanied by a prominent reactive lympho-plasmacytic infiltrate, morphologically similar to nasopharyngeal carcinoma.” The importance of distinguishing LELC from other poorly differentiated carcinoma lies in the fact that despite being poorly differentiated, they have a better prognosis and are radiosensitive.

LELC has been described in nasopharynx, larynx, tonsils, salivary glands, lung, thymus, stomach, duodenum, breast, renal pelvis, urinary bladder, uterine cervix, endometrium, ovary, vulva, and vagina with female predominance [2]. LELC has been associated with Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) in tumors derived from foregut and rarely in LELCs arising from other sites [3].

A 65-year-old male presented...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity College of Medical SciencesDelhiIndia

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