Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 500–505 | Cite as

Pleomorphic Adenoma of Soft Palate: Unusual Occurrence of the Major Tumor in Minor Salivary Gland—A Case Report and Literature Review

  • Deepak Passi
  • Hari Ram
  • Shubha Ranjan Dutta
  • Laxman Revansidha Malkunje
Case Report


Salivary gland tumours constitute about less than 4 % of all head and neck tumours. Pleomorphic adenoma, also called benign mixed tumour, is the most common tumour of the salivary glands. About 80–90 % of these tumours occur in the major salivary glands mainly parotid gland and 10 % of them occur in the minor salivary glands. The most common site for pleomorphic adenoma of the minor salivary glands is the palate, followed by the lips and the cheeks. Other rare sites include the floor of the mouth, tongue, tonsil, pharynx, retromolar area and the nasal cavity. Here, we are reporting a case of pleomorphic adenoma of the minor salivary glands of the soft palate in a 36-year-old Indian female. The mass was removed by wide local excision with adequate margins under general anesthesia. There was no recurrence seen after a follow-up period of 1 year.


Pleomorphic adenoma (PA) Metastasis Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) Mixed tumor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Passi
    • 1
  • Hari Ram
    • 2
  • Shubha Ranjan Dutta
    • 3
  • Laxman Revansidha Malkunje
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryE.S.I.C Dental College and HospitalRohini, DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental SciencesKing George’s Medical UniversityLucknowIndia
  3. 3.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryMB Kedia Dental CollegeBirgunjNepal
  4. 4.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryS D Dental College and HospitalParbhaniIndia

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