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01.12.2018 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 1/2018

Sinonasal adenoid cystic carcinoma-role of on-site FNAC: a case report

BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders > Ausgabe 1/2018
Santosh Tummidi, Kanchan Kothari, Roshni Patil, Shruti S. Singhal, Vyoma Shah



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.

Case presentation

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.
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