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Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Base of the Tongue Metastasizing to the Scalp

  • Author(s): Saco, Michael
  • Howe, Nicole
  • Jukic, Drazen M
  • Muro-Cacho, Carlos
  • et al.
Abstract

Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rare neoplasm that originates from secretory glands, most commonly from the salivary glands. We present a 76 year-old white man with a history of adenoid cystic carcinoma from the base of the tongue diagnosed 15 years prior to the development of the metastatic lesion on his mid-posterior scalp. The present case represents the second reported instance of an extracutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma metastasizing to the scalp. Differentiating between a primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma and an extracutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma metastasizing to cutaneous structures is crucial in determining prognosis and management.

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