Figures 1&2: Coronal and sagittal-reformatted CT images of an 80-year-old woman show a well circumscribed mass in the tail of the right parotid gland. There is homogeneous enhancement.
- Also known as papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum
- 14-30% of all parotid tumors
- Almost always in older adults (peak incidence at 6th-7th decades of life)
- Most commonly found within parotid gland (esp. tail). Occasionally in minor salivary glands.
- MRI, although has high specificity and sensitivity for diagnosis, still cannot differentiate all malignant parotid tumors from benign ones. Tissue sampling is required for definitive diagnosis
- Well-circumscribed solid mass, homogeneous enhancement and without calcification
- If calcification is present in a benign-appearing parotid mass, pleomorphic adenoma should be considered first
- US: multiple anechoic internal areas
- MRI: low T1, high T2 signal intensity
- Salivary scintigraphy: Accumulation of Tc-99m pertechnetate due to high mitochondrium
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