Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), a rare tumor of epithelial cell origin, commonly arises from the major salivary glands. Uncommonly it may be found outside the salivary glands and it's especially rare in the nasal cavity.
A 71-year female had complaints of swelling at the base of nose, Fine needle aspiration (FNA) from the swelling revealed features of adenoid cystic carcinoma; cell block & IHC for CD-117 was positive.
Sino-nasal ACC (SNACC) continues to pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to clinicians. Due to its rarity & vague presentation, early diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion. FNA can be used as an invaluable diagnostic tool in the evaluation of these lesions. Since it’s incidence in sinonasal region is rare; our attempt to report this case will heighten the physician’s awareness of this disease, helping further treatment.