Bone marrow metastases in salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland.

Research paper by Ameya A Asarkar, Amol A Takalkar, Manish M Dhawan, Cherie Ann O CAO Nathan

Indexed on: 21 Dec '18Published on: 21 Dec '18Published in: BMJ case reports


Salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) is a rare and extremely aggressive salivary gland cancer. An 81-year-old woman with SDC underwent a total parotidectomy with facial nerve sacrifice and a neck dissection. Following surgery, she was diagnosed with disseminated bone marrow metastases. She underwent chemotherapy and trastuzumab for palliation. We present a case of SDC of the parotid which was diagnosed with disseminated bone marrow metastasis following surgery for the primary. This case also highlights the importance of having a high index of suspicion while evaluating highly aggressive tumours like SDC for any atypical findings during workup. © BMJ Publishing Group Limited 2018. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.