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December 1998

Inappropriate Use of the Term "Adenocystic" to Refer to "Adenoid Cystic" Carcinoma of the Lacrimal Gland

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1698. doi:

In a journal that prides itself on its dedication to ophthalmic pathology, I read with dismay the repeated misuse of the term "adenocystic" to refer to "adenoid cystic" carcinoma of the lacrimal gland in both of the referenced articles.1,2 The original article1 used the incorrect term 22 times and the correct term 2 times, while the editorial2 used the incorrect term 10 times and also the correct term 2 times! For a journal that is mostly read by clinicians, this only adds to the confusion that surrounds the complex topic of tumors of the lacrimal and salivary glands. That this should have escaped the attention of authors, reviewers, and editors is surprising.

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