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Year : 2017 | Month : May | Volume : 11 | Issue : 5 | Page : ED05 - ED06

Acinic Cell Carcinoma Papillary-Cystic Variant: Diagnostic Pitfalls in Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology

Uma Kumar

1. Specialist Pathology, Department of Pathology, Veer Savarkar Aarogya Sansthan, Karawal Nagar, Delhi, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Uma Kumar,
C-7/14, Sector-8, Rohini, Delhi-110085, India.


Acinic cell carcinoma is a rare tumour comprising 1%-3% of all salivary gland neoplasms. Acinic Cell Carcinoma Papillary Cystic Variant (ACC-PCV) is a distinct subtype and shows variegated appearance on cytology. It is important to differentiate it from other malignant lesions because of its poor prognosis. We describe a case of 20-year-old female with swelling on left cheek for the last four months. Fine needle aspiration was done and diagnosed as intermediate grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma on cytology. Histological study of the resected tumour showed features of ACC-PCV. We are presenting this case to illustrate the diagnostic problems encountered in cytology and important points to be kept in mind while reporting FNA of salivary gland tumours.


Cytological diagnosis, Neoplasms, Salivary gland tumours

How to cite this article :

Uma Kumar. ACINIC CELL CARCINOMA PAPILLARY-CYSTIC VARIANT: DIAGNOSTIC PITFALLS IN FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 May [cited: 2017 Jun 28 ]; 11:ED05-ED06. Available from

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DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/21347.9772

Date of Submission: May 13, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Aug 01, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Mar 16, 2017
Date of Publishing: May 01, 2017


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