Head and Neck: Salivary Glands

  • Robert Cameron
  • Gabrijela Kocjan
  • Henryk A. Domanski


A large panorama of lesions is accessible to fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). This chapter focuses on lesions of the salivary glands, as well as tumors of the tongue and oral and nasal cavities. Some unusual lesions of the neck will also be presented. Aspiration cytology of thyroid and lymph nodes is dealt with in other chapters. When confronted with a mass lesion in the head and neck area, it is not always obvious which organ or structure is involved or where a tumor originates. The widespread distribution of minor salivary glands, for instance, implies that tumors originating from these glands may present in unexpected sites. Aspiration cytology therefore can play an important role in clarifying the basic question of tumor origin.


Salivary Gland Myoepithelial Cell Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Pleomorphic Adenoma Salivary Gland Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Cameron
    • 1
  • Gabrijela Kocjan
    • 2
  • Henryk A. Domanski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologySkåne University HospitalLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of Cellular PathologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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