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Canalicular adenoma: palatal presentation of an uncommon lesion
  1. Priya K Nair,
  2. Beena R Varma,
  3. Ravi Veeraraghavan and
  4. Mahija Janardhanan
  1. Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Amrita School of Dentistry, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Priya K Nair; priyanairkk{at}


Canalicular adenoma is a unique, rare, benign salivary gland neoplasm whose reported prevalence varies in different studies. According to literature, this neoplasm has a marked predilection to occur in the upper lip of elderly women. Histological features are usually distinctive and diagnostic. This neoplasm has good prognosis after conservative surgical management but the propensity of multifocal nature and recurrence of this lesion mandates regular follow-up. This case report illustrates the case of a canalicular adenoma in the palate in a 71-year-old male patient. Here, we discuss the differential diagnosis with a brief review of literature.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • mouth

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  • Contributors Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work: PKN, BRV, RV and MJ. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content: PKN, BRV, RV and MJ. Final approval of the version to be published: PKN, BRV, RV and MJ. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved: PKN, BRV, RV and MJ.

  • 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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