Acinic Cell Carcinoma Papillary-Cystic Variant: Diagnostic Pitfalls in Fine Needle Aspiration CytologyCorrespondence 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 twenty-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 acinic cell carcinoma papillary-cystic variant. 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
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 May 24 ]; 11:ED05-ED06. Available from
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
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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