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Histopathological evaluation of parotid gland neoplasms in Queensland, Australia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 October 2015

R F Coombe
Affiliation:
ENT Department, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia School of Medicine, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
A K Lam
Affiliation:
Cancer Molecular Pathology, School of Medicine and Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Griffith University, Australia Pathology Queensland, Gold Coast University Hospital, Australia
J O'Neill
Affiliation:
ENT Department, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia School of Medicine, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
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Abstract

Background:

Parotid gland tumours are complex neoplasms with a broad histological range. The parotid gland is also a common site of face and scalp skin cancer metastases.

Method:

Parotidectomies performed by ENT department in the Gold Coast health district from 2006 to 2013.

Results:

A total of 158 specimens were examined. Of these, 53.80 per cent were benign and 46.20 per cent were malignant. Pleomorphic adenoma was the most common tumour (29.11 per cent), followed by cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (23.42 per cent) and Warthin's tumour (12.03 per cent).

Conclusion:

Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma accounted for a large proportion of parotid masses in our case series, reflecting the high prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer in Australia. Primary parotid neoplasms had similar incidence rates to other studies.

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Copyright © JLO (1984) Limited 2015 

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Footnotes

Presented at the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 March–1 April 2014, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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