Pleomorphic adenoma of hard palate: a case report

Pan Afr Med J. 2021 Feb 9:38:146. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2021.38.146.26508. eCollection 2021.


Pleomorphic adenoma is a benign mixed tumor, which is composed of myoepithelial and epithelial cells. A fibrous capsule separates these cells from the surrounding tissues. Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common salivary gland tumour accounting for 40-70% of all major and minor salivary gland tumours. It is also the commonest minor salivary gland benign tumours accounting for 70% of all tumours. Hard palate is the commonest site followed by upper lip, buccal mucosa, tongue, floor of mouth, retromolar trigone. This case report discusses a case of pleomorphic adenoma of hard palate in an old man after complete excision of the tumour, which was confirmed by a biopsy specimen.

Keywords: Benign mixed tumour; case report; hard palate; pleomorphic adenoma; salivary gland.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma, Pleomorphic / diagnosis*
  • Adenoma, Pleomorphic / pathology
  • Adenoma, Pleomorphic / surgery
  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Palatal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Palatal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Palatal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Palate, Hard / pathology*
  • Palate, Hard / surgery