Primary adenomyoepithelioma of tonsil

Head Neck Oncol. 2010 Mar 31:2:7. doi: 10.1186/1758-3284-2-7.


We present a case of adenomyoepithlioma (AME) arising from the tonsil. AME is an uncommon tumor that typically arises in breast, but rarely found in salivary glands, lung, and skin. Its biological features have not been thoroughly characterized. Here we describe a primary AME originating from the tonsil. The pathologic changes were characterized by hypercellularity, the dominance of both epithelial and myoepithelial cells. Malignancy was evidenced by the presence of a high mitotic rate and invasive growth. The epithelial cells express high levels of cytokeratin and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA). The myoepithelial cells show positive staining for calponin, p63, vimentin, and S-100. A thorough review of the literature indicates that this is likely the first reported case of AME from the tonsil. Following descriptions of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of this specific case, pathologic and clinical characteristics of AME from other tissues are also compiled and discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenomyoepithelioma / diagnosis
  • Adenomyoepithelioma / pathology*
  • Adenomyoepithelioma / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tonsillar Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Tonsillar Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Tonsillar Neoplasms / therapy