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Primary Cutaneous Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of Scalp

Arvind Krishnamurthy, Anitha Vaidhyanathan

Citation Information : Krishnamurthy A, Vaidhyanathan A. Primary Cutaneous Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of Scalp. Int J Head Neck Surg 2010; 1 (3):179-181.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1035

Published Online: 01-04-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).


The scalp is a unique anatomical site that can be involved with a variety of malignant and premalignant conditions, although a majority of the lesions are benign. Adenoid cystic carcinoma is most commonly seen as a neoplasm of the salivary glands and seromucinous glands of the upper respiratory tract. Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma (PCACC) is a rare appendageal tumor should only be considered if there is no history or evidence of extracutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma. It usually has an indolent course but has a high tendency to recur locally. Lymph node and distant metastasis are exceedingly rare with only a handful of cases being reported. We report a case of a large scalp PCACC in a 61 years old gentleman with lymph node involvement at presentation.

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