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Spindle cell carcinoma in maxilla
  1. Soumi Samuel1,
  2. S V Sreelatha2,
  3. Nidarsh Hegde1,
  4. Preeti P Nair3
  1. 1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Department of Oral Pathology, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  3. 3Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, People's College of Dental Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Preeti P Nair, shajihoss{at}


Spindle cell carcinomas (sarcomatoid carcinomas) are rare tumours. It is a variant of squamous cell carcinoma which has spindled tumour cells, which simulate a true sarcoma, but are epithelial in origin. They are extremely uncommon in the head and neck region. Only five cases with maxillary origin have been discussed in the literature. As compared to squamous cell carcinoma of maxilla, this variant is associated with poor diagnosis and advanced disease at presentation, as is demonstrated in the case presented. There are no standard recommendations for management owing to the rarity of this histology. Surgery and radiotherapy form the mainstays of treatment. We report a rare case of spindle cell carcinoma involving the maxilla.

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