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J Laryngol Otol. 2001 May;115(5):434-6.

Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid gland: a case report and review of the cytological and histological features.

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Department of Cytopathology, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.


Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma (EMC) is a rare biphasic tumour of the salivary glands typically arising in the parotid. Fine needle aspiration cytology is widely used in the initial investigation of salivary gland swellings and whilst the cytological features of this tumour have been described they are not well recognized. This report describes the clinicopathological features of a case of epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid gland and highlights the importance of awareness of this tumour in the differential diagnosis of biphasic tumours on fine needle aspiration cytology.

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