Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma
|Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma|
|Low magnification micrograph of a polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma, showing the typical variation of architectural arrangement. H&E stain.|
|Classification and external resources|
The name of the tumor derives from the fact that:
- It has a varied microscopic architectural appearance, i.e. it is polymorphous.
- It is non-aggressive when compared to other oral cavity tumors, i.e. it is a low-grade tumor.
- It forms glands, i.e. it is an adenocarcinoma.
It affects the minor salivary glands in the area between the hard and the soft palate. Male to female ratio is 3:1, and the average age is 56 years.
PLGAs consist of a monomorphous cell population that has a varied histologic morphology.
PLGAs are treated with wide local surgical excision and long-term follow-up. There is a recurrence rate of 14% (Peterson, contemporary of oral and maxillofacial surgery).
Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma. H&E stain.
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