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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 185-187

Lymphoepithelial cyst of the submandibular gland

1 Department of Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Appasamy Multispeciality Hospital, Arumbakkam, Chennai, India
2 Department of Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, BeWell Hospitals and The Dental Clinic, Pakkamudayanpet, Puducherry, India
3 Department of Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Impacts 32 Dental Clinic, Old Pallavaram, Chennai, India
4 Neu Face Hospitals, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
5 Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist, Pudupet, Lawspet, Puducherry, India

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Dr. A Saneem Ahamed
Department of Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Appasamy Multispeciality Hospital, Arumbakkam, Chennai
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.137464

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Lymphoepithelial cysts are benign, slowly growing unilocular or multilocular lesions that appear in the head and neck. They are also called Branchial cyst. The head and neck sites are the salivary glands(more commonly parotid and rarely submandibular gland) and the oral cavity (usually the floor of the mouth). there are various methods of investigation available today, of which Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) can be used to provide an immediate diagnosis of a lymphoepithelial cyst. The other investigations include, Ultrasonogram,and Computed tomography.It usually occurs due to the process of lymphocyte-induced cystic ductular dilatation and the confirmatory diagnosis is always made postoperatively by histopathological examination. The mainstay in the treatment of a lymphoepithelial cyst remains the surgical approach, which includes complete enucleation of the cyst along with total excision of the involved salivary gland. This is a report of a lymphoepithelial cyst involving the submandibular salivary gland and its management.

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