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HNO. 2005 Nov;53(11):940-4.

[Salivary duct carcinoma of the submandibular gland].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik f├╝r Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenheilkunde, Universit├Ątsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf.



Salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) is a rare adenocarcinoma of the salivary glands which usually occurs in the parotid gland (approx. 80%), but is also found in the submandibular gland (approx. 12%) and the minor salivary glands. Due to the low incidence of this tumour-particularly in terms of involvement of the submandibular and minor salivary glands-only limited clinical data is available.


In a retrospective investigation, follow-ups of six patients with a SDC of the submandibular gland were analysed and the surgical measures evaluated for their efficiency.


At the time of diagnosis, varying tumor stages were present (2xT1, 3xT2, 1xT1). Initial lymph node metastasis was observed in four (66.6%) of the six patients. In all patients, the submandibular gland was resected and neck dissection performed, in two cases (33,3%) this was followed by radiotherapy. Four patients developed a life-threatening local recurrence. Only one patient developed distant metastasis. Two thirds of the patients died due to tumor-related disease after an average of 35.5 months.


The clinical course of patients with SDC of the submandibular gland exhibits a high (66.6%) rate of local recurrence, crucial for the following clinical course. The treatment of these patients, therefore, must include radical tumor resection as well as tissue resection with a wide margin.

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