Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology
Home About us Instructions Submission Subscribe Advertise Contact e-Alerts Ahead Of Print Login 
Users Online: 3822
Print this page  Email this page Bookmark this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size

  Table of Contents    
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 109-111
Coexistence of sclerosing polycystic adenosis and dysgenetic polycystic disease of parotid, Report of a case

1 Department of Pathology, TOBB ETU School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Pathology, Acibadem Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Radiology, Memorial Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Web Publication31-Jan-2020


Sclerosing polycystic adenosis (SPA) is a rare benign salivary gland lesion. Dysgenetic polycystic disease (DPD), which is a histologically similar lesion, may cause a lattice-like gross appearance with bilateral enlargement of the entire salivary glands. In this report, we present a case of SPA in the right parotid and coexistent DPD involving the both parotid.

Keywords: Dysgenetic polycystic disease, parotid, salivary gland, sclerosing polycystic adenosis

How to cite this article:
Kahraman D, Yalavaç P, Akar E, Özen Ö, Günhan Ö. Coexistence of sclerosing polycystic adenosis and dysgenetic polycystic disease of parotid, Report of a case. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2020;63:109-11

How to cite this URL:
Kahraman D, Yalavaç P, Akar E, Özen Ö, Günhan Ö. Coexistence of sclerosing polycystic adenosis and dysgenetic polycystic disease of parotid, Report of a case. Indian J Pathol Microbiol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Mar 27];63:109-11. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Sclerosing polycystic adenosis (SPA) is a rare benign salivary gland lesion which is characterized by morphological similarity to fibrocystic changes, sclerosing adenosis, and intraductal epithelial proliferations of the breast. SPA occurs over a wide age spectrum and is mostly unifocal.[1],[2] The lesions are well circumscribed and are composed of densely sclerotic lobules with prominent cystic, metaplastic, and hyperplastic changes in the ductal and acinar elements. The differential diagnosis of SPA includes a variety of non-neoplastic and neoplastic salivary gland lesions also including dysgenetic polycystic disease (DPD).[3] The presence of cystically dilated ducts and apocrine metaplasia are the most frequent shared features.

DPD is a congenital disease, frequently seen in females and is characterized by multiple epithelial-lined cystic spaces arising from acini and intercalated ducts.[4],[5]

In this paper, we present a coexistence of SPA of the parotid with bilateral DPD which were not documented previously.

   Case Report Top

A 35-year-old woman applied to hospital with a slowly growing, painless, hard parotid mass, noticed recently without other meaningful clinical symptoms. Clinical history revealed that she had been succesfully treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia with chemotheraphy and radiotheraphy to the head of possible brain involvement. Then total thyroidectomy was performed for thyroid papillary carcinoma and this was followed by radioactive iodine treatment.

Ultrasonographic and magnetic resonance imaging [Figure 1] examinations revealed a solid, hypoechoic lesion 2.3 cm in largest diameter within the deep posterior part of the irregular looking right parotid gland. In magnetic resonance imaging small cystic changes and calcified densities within both enlarged parotid glands [Figure 1]. Additionally, small microcalcifications were identified in the right and left parotid parenchyma. A right total parotidectomy was performed.
Figure 1: Magnetic resonance imaging showes a well-circumscribed solid nodular lesion in the right parotid gland. Small cystic changes and calcified densities within both enlarged parotid glands

Click here to view

Grossly, the parotidectomy specimen measured 6 × 3 × 2.5 cm in size. The cut surface showed a firm, well demarcated nodular lesion 2.3 cm in it's largest diameter with a rubber consistency. The salivary gland around the mass had a sponge like parenchyma and lattice-like appearance.

Microscopically; the solitary lesion was a well encapsulated nodule consisting of proliferating ducts in a sclerotic collagenous stroma [Figure 2]. The duct proliferations were composed of sclerosing adenosis-like closely packed areas, cribriform structures, solid islands, cystic changes and apocrine metaplasia. It was diagnosed as a representative example of SPA. Histologically, similar to gross apparence the salivary gland parenchyma outside the lesion demonstrated multiple lobules of cystic spaces in varying size with a lattice-like appearance. The cystic changes involved the acini more frequently than the ducts and were lined by cuboidal or flattened epithelial cells with vacuolated cytoplasm reminiscent of lactational change of the breast. Cystic ducts of the DPD communicates with the normal lobular structures of the salivary glands. The lumina of these cysts contained pale eosinophilic secretion, globular dens spherules with concentric lamellation, mineralization, large sialoliths, and macrophages [Figure 3]. This coexistent widespread cystic change was consistent with a diagnosis of DPD. Abdominal MRI also revealed splenic subcapsular cysts of varying size.
Figure 2: Soliter lesion with a thick capsule. Adjecent salivary parenchyma has cystic spaces in varying size

Click here to view
Figure 3: Numerous cystic dilatations between normal acini and ducts. There is eosinophilic secretion and microliths within the lumen of the cysts

Click here to view

Immunohistochemically there was diffuse CK 7 immunoreactivity in the ductal epithelial cells and smooth muscle actin and p63 positivities in the myoepithelial layer around the ducts which were highlighted the presence of biphasic pattern. Weak estrogen receptor positivity was found within the proliferating ducts and Ki-67 immunoreactivity was less than 2%.

   Discussion Top

SPA was grouped under the nonneoplastic epithelial lesions of salivary glands in the 2017 WHO classification.[6] However, the presence of an uninterrupted thick capsule, a centrifugal growth pattern and a totally different histological pattern from the surrounding tissue seen in the present SPA case may support the possibility of neoplasia.[7] Rarely, SPA may be associated with other salivary gland lesions, though the coexistence of SPA and DPD as in our case has not been reported previously. In the present case, morphologically, it was not difficult to distinguish the localized SPA from DPD which involved entirely bilateral salivary glands.

Histological features of DPD may resemble those of polycystic conditions affecting the other organs. However, there is no report about the association of DPD involving other organs except for a simultaneous multiple, major, and minor salivary gland involvement.[8]

Except splenic cysts in the present case, there is no reported association.[9] Immunohistochemical staining results in our case showed a dual epithelial and myoepithelial differentiation in SPA and DPA, consistent with the previous reports.[2] This finding is similar to the proliferative breast lesions.

The previous chemotheraphy and radiotheraphies may be contributing factors for the development of SPA in the present case. The coexistence of SPA and DPD in this report may well suggest that the widespread cystic changes in the both salivary gland provided a ground for the formation of SPA. SPA cases were usually treated with excision of the salivary gland and the recurence rates were low.[10] We believe that the management of the DPD should be tailored according to the clinical symptoms. The cystic lesions of the left parotid will be followed-up in the present case.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

The samples of the patients whose consent forms taken before were evaluated, retrospectively.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

   References Top

Petersson F. Sclerosing polycystic adenosis of salivary glands: A review with some emphasis on intraductal epithelial proliferations. Head Neck Pathol 2013;7(Suppl 1):97-106.  Back to cited text no. 1
Carlos A, Espinosa CA, Rua L, Torres HE, Valle AF, Fernandes R, et al. Sclerosing polycystic adenosis of the parotid gland: A systematic review and report of new cases. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;75:984-93.  Back to cited text no. 2
Skalova A, Gnepp DR, Simpson RH, Lewis JE, Janssen D, Simar R, et al. Clonal nature of sclerosing polycystic adenosis of salivary glands demonstrated by using the polymorphism of the human androgen receptor (HUMARA) locus as a marker. Am J Surg Pathol 2006;30:939-44.  Back to cited text no. 3
Mihalyka EE. Congenital bilateral polycystic parotid glands. JAMA 1962;181:634-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
Ficarra G, Sapp P, Christensen RE, Polyakov V. Dysgenetic polycystic disease of the parotid gland: Report of a case. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 1996;54:1246-9.  Back to cited text no. 5
Seethala R, Gnepp DR, Skalova A, Slater L, Williams MD. Non-neoplastic epithelial lesions: Sclerosing polycystic adenosis. In: El-Naggar AK, Chan JKC, Grandis JR, Takata T, Slootweg PJ, editors. World Health Organisation (WHO) Classification of Head and Neck Tumours. Lyon: IARC Press; 2017. p. 195.  Back to cited text no. 6
Mumtaz S, Ali A, Singh M. Sclerosing polycystic adenosis of oral cavity. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2018;56:753-4.  Back to cited text no. 7
Srikant N, Yellapurkar S, Boaz K, Baliga M, Manaktala N, Sharma A, et al. Dysgenetic polycystic disease of minor salivary gland: A rare case report and review of the literature. Case Rep Pathol 2017;2017:5279025.  Back to cited text no. 8
Brown E, August M, Pilch BZ, Weber A. Polycystic disease of the parotid glands. AJNR 1995;16:1128-31.  Back to cited text no. 9
Gnepp DR, Wang LJ, Brandwein-Gensler M, Slootweg P, Gill M, Hille J. Sclerosing polycystic adenosis of the salivary gland: A report of 16 cases. Am J Surg Pathol 2006;30:154-64.  Back to cited text no. 10

Correspondence Address:
Devrim Kahraman
TOBB ETU Hospital Yaşam Caddesi No: 5, PK: 06510, Ankara
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_502_18

Rights and Permissions


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]

This article has been cited by
1 Sclerosing polycystic adenoma – A review
Fredrik Petersson
Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. 2022; : 151949
[Pubmed] | [DOI]
2 A Case of Sclerosing Polycystic Adenoma of the Parotid Gland
Birk Olson, Sumi Thomas, Matin Imanguli
Ear, Nose & Throat Journal. 2022; : 0145561322
[Pubmed] | [DOI]
3 Sclerosing polycystic adenosis arising in the parotid gland with trismus: a case report and literature review
Young-Jae Yee, Dawool Han, Chena Lee, Jun-Young Kim
Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 2022; 48(4): 237
[Pubmed] | [DOI]
4 Sclerosing Polycystic Adenosis Arising in the Parotid Gland Without PI3K Pathway Mutations
Akihiro Uemura, Nobuyuki Bandoh, Takashi Goto, Ryosuke Sato, Shiori Suzuki, Akinobu Kubota, Tomomi Yamaguchi, Shogo Baba, Yasutaka Kato, Hiroshi Nishihara, Yasuaki Harabuchi, Hidehiro Takei
Head and Neck Pathology. 2021;
[Pubmed] | [DOI]


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

   Case Report
    Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded37    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 4    

Recommend this journal