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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 15, Issue 12, Pages 835-837
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2001/675485
Brief Communication

Plexiform Neurofibroma of the Submandibular Salivary Gland in a Child

Jacqueline M Bourgeois,1 Jasim Radhi,1 Lisa Elden,2 and Gerald Gill3

11Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University Medical Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2Department of Surgery, McMaster University Medical Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Radiology, McMaster University Medical Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Received 17 September 2001; Accepted 15 October 2001

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Abstract

Plexiform neurofibromas in major salivary glands are rarely described. In the literature, most reported tumours have been present in the parotid gland region. A three-year-old boy with a family history of neurofibromatosis presented with a rapidly growing left submandibular mass. The clinical diagnosis was that of a neurofibroma rather than a primary salivery gland tumour. Resection of the lesion revealed a plexiform neurofibroma involving the submandibular gland. Although these tumours have a neurogenic rather than a salivary gland origin, they must be considered in the differential diagnosis of a salivary gland lesion in a patient with a history of neurofibromatosis.