Head and Neck Pathology

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 303–306 | Cite as

Recurrent Pleomorphic Adenoma

  • Rachel L. Werner
  • James T. CastleEmail author
Sine qua non Radiology-Pathology


A 29-year-old male presented for evaluation of an enlarging 4.5 cm firm but mobile mass of the left cheek. He additionally desired revision for a scar that resulted from a prior surgical procedure wherein the patient described undergoing surgery 12 years earlier for a “cyst” in the same region of the face. The patient stated that the surgery was terminated mid-procedure due to concern for the surrounding salivary gland.

Radiologic Features

Magnetic resonance imaging (MR) of the upper neck revealed a well-defined, lobulated mass that likely represented a venolymphatic lesion predominantly involving the subcutaneous fat with involvement of the superficial lobe of the left parotid gland. The lesion measured approximately 4.3 × 2.4 cm (axial dimensions) × 3.7 cm craniocaudad and was shown to be hypointense on the T1-weighted image (Fig.  1 left) and markedly hyperintense following contrast administration (Fig.  1right). Curvilinear hypointensities within the lesion, which likely...


Myoepithelial Cell Pleomorphic Adenoma Salivary Gland Tumor Salivary Gland Tissue Superficial Parotidectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial PathologyNaval Postgraduate Dental SchoolBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomic PathologyNaval Medical Center PortsmouthPortsmouthUSA

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