Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: A Case Report and Review on Its Histogenesis and Morphogenesis

Rani PR Hamsa, Anu Priya, Arun Priya, Thilaga Rani


Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a frequently occurring malignant salivary gland neoplasm. It shows insidious and slow growth with high levels of recurrence and distant metastasis. It is presumed to originate from the intercalated duct, being composed of both luminal and myoepithelial cells. Extracellular matrices have been suggested to play an important role in the growth and differentiation of adenoid cystic carcinoma. This paper reports a case of adenoid cystic carcinoma affecting the lip and reviews the diverse theories associated with the genesis of adenoid cystic carcinoma.


Adenoid Cystic;Carcinoma;Cylindroma;Salivary Duct Neoplasms;Myoepithelial Tumour;Extracellular Matrix;Pseudocysts.

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