Acinic cell carcinoma of the salivary glands: a retrospective clinicopathologic study of 12 cases

Rom J Morphol Embryol. 2012;53(2):313-20.


Acinic cell carcinoma (ACC) is the third most common epithelial malignancy of the salivary glands in adults, with a low-grade malignancy that mainly occurs in the parotid gland and at a relatively younger age than other salivary gland tumors. We made a retrospective study on our acinic cell carcinoma casuistry aiming their clinico-pathological characterization and comparison with literature data. From 2000 through 2011 in our hospital were diagnosed only 12 cases of ACC. The clinico-epidemiological study revealed prevalence of these tumors in women, in the fourth decade of life and especially occurring in the parotid gland. The most common morphologic pattern of these tumors was a mixture of two or more variants with the solid/lobular and microcystic patterns more frequent associated. In 75% of investigated cases, the pTNM stage was I/II, with no cases of perineural or vascular invasion, but with lymph node dissemination presented in only three cases. Summing all these clinicopathological features, we conclude that for our casuistry the biological behavior of these tumors has been of low-grade malignancy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carcinoma, Acinar Cell / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Parotid Gland / pathology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Salivary Glands / pathology