Pleomorphic Adenoma of Palate: A Case Report
Pleomorphic adenoma (PA) is the most common tumor of salivary glands, which is a benign neoplasm consisting of cells exhibiting the ability to differentiate to epithelial (ductal and non-ductal) cells and mesenchymal (chondroid, myxoid and osseous) cells. The parotid gland is the most common site (90%). Approximately, 8% of PA involves the minor salivary glands; the palate is the most common site (60-75%) of minor salivary gland involvement followed by lips and other sites. Palatal PA presents clinically as a painless, slow-growing mass found on the junction of the hard and soft palate which extend in posterolateral direction. The aim of the article is to present a case of palatal PA, with a focus on the differential diagnosis and various aids of diagnosis and its successful treatment by surgical excision.