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Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Scalp as a Cause of Recurrent Operations

Hakan AK, Sevinç ŞAHİN, Tugay ATALAY, Selda Seçkin


Introduction: Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma (PACC) is a rare slow-growing tumor.

Presentation of the case: We report a 62 year-old woman presented with a nodular lesion on the scalp who had three operations before for recurring lesion at the same localization. In the operation, we detected a lesion which was adherent to thesubcutaneous tissue. The lesion was firm and gray-white colored, and invading the surrounding soft tissues. According to histopathological findings, the patient diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma. 

Conclusions: Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rare tumor that the etiology, origin, and treatment are still controversial. The metastases must be ruled out from other sites, especially from the salivary glands after the its pathological diagnosis.


Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma; Scalp; Salivary gland histopathology

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