Salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) is a rare and extremely aggressive salivary gland cancer. An 81-year-old woman with SDC underwent a total parotidectomy with facial nerve sacrifice and a neck dissection. Following surgery, she was diagnosed with disseminated bone marrow metastases. She underwent chemotherapy and trastuzumab for palliation. We present a case of SDC of the parotid which was diagnosed with disseminated bone marrow metastasis following surgery for the primary. This case also highlights the importance of having a high index of suspicion while evaluating highly aggressive tumours like SDC for any atypical findings during workup.
- ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
- head and neck cancer
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Contributors AA, AT, MD and CAON were responsible for conceptualising and reporting the case. AT and CAON were responsible for final approval of the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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