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Sialendoscopic removal of metastatic adenocarcinoma in a mucous plug from Stensen’s duct

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      Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive technique used mainly in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive salivary gland disorders. There has yet to be a report on its use in the diagnosis of metastatic disease. While metastatic cancer has been described in numerous head and neck anatomic subsites, it has not been reported to be found in a mucous plug in Stensen’s duct. Sialendoscopy was performed in a 68-year-old female patient who presented with symptoms of ductal obstruction. Basket removal of a mucous plug was done and histopathological analysis of this specimen found adenocarcinoma. The overall clinical picture, imaging, and final histopathological results suggested that this patient had metastatic breast carcinoma to a mucous plug in Stensen’s duct, the diagnosis of which was made with the aid of interventional sialendoscopy. This is the first report in which metastatic cancer was identified in a mucous plug in Stensen’s duct. Sialendoscopy can be a useful tool to aid in the diagnosis of metastatic diseases in rare and unusual clinical situations.


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