African Journal of Medical Case Reports

African Journal of Medical Case Reports Vol. 2 (2), pp. 019-021, February, 2014. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Salivary gland cystadenocarcinoma of the tongue: A case report and literature review

Mona Mlika1*, Ines Chelly1, Heifa Azouz1, Houda Ouertani2, Ghazi Besbes2, Emna Mnif3, Slim Haouet1, Mohamed Moncef Zitouna1 and Nidhameddine Kchir1

1Department of Pathology, La Rabta Hospital, Bab Saadoun, Tunis, Tunisia.

2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, La Rabta Hospital, Bab Saadoun, Tunis, Tunisia.

3Department of Radiology, La Rabta Hospital, Bab Saadoun, Tunis, Tunisia.

*Corresponding author. Email: mlika.zorgati.mona@hotmail.com.

Accepted 2 September, 2013

Abstract

Cystadenocarcinoma is a rare salivary gland tumor which commonly arises in the ovary and the appendix. Only 7 cases have been reported in the tongue with 2 cases described as highly malignant. We report a case of cystadenocarcinoma of the base of the tongue in a 79-year-old man who presented with goiter and dysphagia. Physical examination showed a mass of the tongue. Treatment consisted in a partial glossectomy. The patient was free of recurrences after one year of follow up. Cystadenocarcinoma of the tongue is a very rare tumor on which diagnosis is based on histological findings. The treatment is based on surgical excision. These tumours are reported to have a good prognosis but some cases have been described reported to recur even after many years of follow up.

Key words: Cystadenocarcinoma, base of the tongue.