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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 641-643

Primary malignant lymphoma of the parotid gland


1 Department of Pathology, M S Ramaiah Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Bangalore, India
2 Department of General Surgery, M S Ramaiah Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Bangalore, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.106586

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Lymphoma of the salivary gland accounts for 5% of cases of extranodal lymphoma and 10% of malignant salivary gland tumors. Most primary salivary gland lymphomas are B marginal zone lymphomas arising on a background of sialadenitis associated with an autoimmune disorder such as Sjorgen's syndrome. This report describes a case of primary B-cell lymphoma arising in the parotid gland in a middle-aged female, which was not associated with an autoimmune disorder. Immunohistochemistry studies confirmed the clonal B-cell nature of the tumor. This case highlights the fact that B-cell lymphoma in the salivary gland can go unrecognized due to its non-specific symptoms and requires immunohistochemistry studies for confirmation. We present this case for its rarity.


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