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A review of heterotopia and associated salivary gland neoplasms of the head and neck

  • Alfio Ferlito (a1), Giulia Bertino (a1), Alessandra Rinaldo (a1), Giacinto M. Mannarà (a2) and Kenneth O. Devaney (a3)...


Salivary tissue neoplasms may involve normal, accessory and heterotopic salivary gland tissue. A case of Warthin's tumour originating from heterotopic salivary gland tissue of the upper neck is reported. The radioactive uptake of 131I, evidenced in the neck mass in its pre-diagnostic assessment, suggested a diagnosis of cervical node involvement from a primary malignant thyroid neoplasm. A critical review of the literature on heterotopic salivary gland tissue neoplasms of the head and neck is also presented.


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Address for correspondence: Alfio Ferlito, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Udine, Policlinico Città di Udine, Viale Venezia 410, 33100 Udine, Italy. Fax: +39 0432 532179 e-mail:


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