BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-01-2012-5658

Adenoid cystic carcinoma of hard palate with coincidental metastases to lung and liver

  1. Hossein Navabii3
  1. 1Department of Radiotherapy, Yazd Shahid Sadoghi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Yazd Shahid Sadoghi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
  3. 3Shahid Sadoghi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ali Akhavan, ali52akhavan{at}


Adenoid cystic carcinoma is the most frequent pathology occurring in the minor salivary glands .It is usually slow growing; however, it can spread via perineural invasion, haematogenous and lymphatogenous metastasis. Most common sites of metastasis are lung and bone. Involvement of the other sites is not common. In this article, we present a woman with coincident lung and liver metastases.

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