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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 780453, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Minor Salivary Gland Tumours of Upper Aerodigestive Tract: A Clinicopathological Study

Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery of the Jagiellonian University, Rydygier Hospital, 1 Zlota Jesien Street, 31-826 Kraków, Poland

Received 5 January 2012; Accepted 22 March 2012

Academic Editor: Marta Czesnikiewicz-Guzik

Copyright © 2012 Grażyna Wyszyńska-Pawelec 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.


The aim of this retrospective study of 56 patients with minor salivary gland tumours (MSGTs) of the upper aerodigestive tract is to present demographic features, distribution of tumours as well as methods and results of treatment performed in our institution over a 10-year period. Of 221 patients with salivary gland tumours, 56 patients with MSGT were selected. There were 36 female and 20 male patients aged from 8 to 81 years. Male-to-female ratio was 1 : 2 in the group of benign MSGT and 1 : 1.7 in the group of malignant tumours. The palate was the most frequent site of MSGT (45.6%), followed by buccal mucosa (19.3%). Of all MSGTs 63.2% were malignant, and 36.8% were benign. Adenoid cystic carcinoma was the most common neoplasm (31.6%), followed by pleomorphic adenoma (29.8%). Surgery was the method of choice in the treatment of patients with MSGT. Postoperative defects were reconstructed by prosthetic obturators, local flaps, and free radial forearm flap. Relative survival for patients with malignant MSGT was 88% at three years and 71.5% at five years. MSGTs are more frequent in females and predominantly affect the palate. Malignant MSGTs are more common than benign.