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August 18, 2008

Pleomorphic Adenoma of the Soft Palate

Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(8):1077-1078. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.8.1077

Pleomorphic adenomas are the most common benign salivary gland neoplasms. However, they are rarely present in the minor salivary glands. We report a case of pleomorphic adenoma originating in minor salivary glands of the palate.

A 28-year-old Moroccan man was referred to our clinic with a pruritic vesicular rash compatible with the diagnosis of chickenpox. Careful examination revealed a slow-growing palate mass that had appeared in childhood. Physical examination showed a 2-cm, firm, well-circumscribed, painless mass on the left side of the soft palate (Figure 1). The overlying mucosa appeared normal. There was no palpable lymphadenopathy in the cervical region. Speech, swallowing, and breathing were not affected. Computed tomography showed a well-delimited 2-cm mass on the left side of the soft palate without any underlying bone change. The lesion was completely excised under general anesthesia.

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