Pleomorphic adenoma (benign mixed tumor) of the minor salivary glands of the palate.
Tumors arising in the minor salivary glands account for 22% of all salivary gland neoplasms. The majority are malignant; only 18% are benign.
Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common benign tumor of the salivary glands, predominantly encountered in the parotid gland; it occurs less commonly in the submandibular gland and minor salivary glands.
Pleomorphic adenoma is more often seen in women. Histologically, the tumor contains both epithelial and mesenchymal elements (hence the name mixed tumors).
The most common site of a pleomorphic adenoma of the minor salivary glands is the palate, followed by lip, buccal mucosa, floor of mouth, tongue, tonsil, pharynx, retromolar area and nasal cavity
PICTURE OF PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMA OF THE HARD PALATE
PICTURE OF PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMA OF THE SOFT PALATE
Click thumbnail for CT image of the soft palate tumor depicted on the left.