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[Myoepthelial tumors of salivary glands].

Authors
  • Hungermann, D
  • Roeser, K
  • Buerger, H
  • Jäkel, T
  • Löning, T
  • Herbst, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Der Pathologe
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2005
Volume
26
Issue
5
Pages
339–344
Identifiers
PMID: 16025256
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This tutorial focuses on myoepithelial tumors of salivary glands, an entity with heterogeneous cytomorphology and inconsistent immunophenotype. Moreover, the clinical course cannot be predicted reliably from cytomorphological and immunophenotypic analysis. This heterogeneity causes problems in routine diagnostic, so that diagnosis ultimately rests on conventional histology. In a representative series of myoepitheliomas and malignant myoepitheliomas, antibodies against cytokeratins 5/6, S 100 protein and vimentin produced the most consistent reactivity profile. Staining for cytokeratins 5/6 is a useful addition to the established immunohistologic marker panel in the work-up of myoepitheliomas, because of its reliable expression in most cases and because it may underline the epithelial nature of the lesion. Comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) profiles of myoepitheliomas and myoepithelial carcinomas showed no chromosomal aberration in less than 50% of myoepithelial carcinomas, so that CGH is of limited help in a given case. In a case that was represented in three separately localized manifestations of the disease that differed in their CGH profiles, gross genetic aberrations suggest to be acquired during tumor progression and should raise the suspicion of malignancy. Thus, diagnosis of myoepithelial tumors of salivary glands has to rest on morphological grounds with support of a restricted panel of immunohistologic markers.

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