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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016, Article ID 3785979, 5 pages
Case Report

Voluminous Myoepithelioma of the Minor Salivary Glands Involving the Base of the Tongue

1ENT Department, University of Eastern Piedmont, 28100 Novara, Italy
2Pathology Department, University of Eastern Piedmont, 28100 Novara, Italy

Received 20 November 2015; Revised 18 February 2016; Accepted 21 February 2016

Academic Editor: Yorihisa Orita

Copyright © 2016 Mario Policarpo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Myoepithelioma is an extremely rare tumour subtype and diagnosis is based on a wide variation of cellular morphology. FNAC specimens do not always suffice for a definitive differential diagnosis which depends on histology and immunohistochemistry of the lesion. Case Presentation. A 54-year-old female came to our attention with dysphagia and dyslalia of 6-month standing. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) examination revealed a voluminous mass on the right portion of the base of her tongue, where postcontrast T2-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) evidenced a hyperintense lesion. The fine-needle aspiration specimen taken for cytology was not diagnostic, as a differential diagnosis between myoepithelioma and a malignant neoplasm of the salivary glands necessitates parameters that cytology alone cannot provide. Therefore, the whole lesion was excised by diode laser through a transoral approach. Histology and immunohistochemistry of the completely excised lesion confirmed a myoepithelioma.