Sclerosing polycystic adenosis of the nasal septum: The risk of misdiagnosis

Il Ho Park, Sung Moon Hong, Hyuk Choi, Hyeyoon Chang, Heung Man Lee

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Sclerosing polycyctic adenosis (SPA) is a rare lesion of unknown etiology morphologically resembling fibrocystic changes of the breast. To date, approximately 41 cases of SPA have been reported. Most cases of SPA have originated in the parotid and submandibular glands, with a few cases of intra-oral minor salivary gland origin. This is the first reported case of sclerosing polycystic adenosis of nasal minor salivary gland origin. The differential diagnosis of SPA includes polycystic disease, sclerosing sialadenitis, and benign and malignant glandular neoplasias. Although atypia ranging from mild dysplasia to carcinoma in situ can occur in some cases, SPA has a favorable outcome. It is important to be familiar with SPA to avoid aggresive treatment that results from a misdiagnosis. We present a case of a 49-year-old man who had 1-year history of right nasal obstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun


  • Minor salivary gland
  • Nasal septum
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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