59 years old male with local advanced adenoid cystic carcinoma of the hypopharynx - A case report and a review of the literature

Oral Oncol. 2018 Feb:77:90-91. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2017.12.016. Epub 2018 Jan 4.


Minor Salivary Gland tumours are rare, representing 2% of the head and neck tumours and less than 1% of hypopharyngeal cancers. The most common subtype of minor salivary gland tumours is adenoid cystic carcinoma. Although there are several case reports discussed it, there are only two reports discussing hypopharyngeal presentation in the literature, and they were treated by surgical resection. Despite that, our case report still to be unique as it presents a case of irresectable locally advanced tumour subjected to a trial of induction therapy.

Keywords: Adenoid cystic carcinoma; Head and neck cancer; Hypophaynx; Minor salivary gland; Minor salivary gland tumours; Rare head and neck tumor; Salivary gland.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / drug therapy
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Hypopharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Hypopharyngeal Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms / drug therapy