Massive calcification in a pleomorphic adenoma: Report of an unusual presentation

January 24, 2013
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We report a case of histology-proven pleomorphic adenoma of the parapharyngeal space in a 20-year-old man. This case was unusual in that a massive amount of dystrophic calcification was scattered throughout the tumor. The patient underwent successful surgical resection, and he exhibited no signs of recurrence during follow-up. Literature about such an unusual presentation is scarce.


Pleomorphic adenoma, also known as benign mixed tumor, is the most common salivary gland lesion, representing 70 to 80% of all benign tumors of the major salivary glands.1 Most of these tumors occur in the parotid gland, arising lateral to the plane of the facial nerve.1

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