Cribriform adenocarcinoma of the tongue and minor salivary gland: Transoral robotic surgical resection

Douglas M. Worrall, Jason A. Brant, Raymond L. Chai, Gregory S. Weinstein

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Background/Aims: Cribriform adenocarcinoma of the tongue and minor salivary gland (CATMSG) is a rare, locally invasive, and poorly recognized tumor, typically occurring on the base of the tongue. This case report describes the previously unreported use of transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for the local resection of CATMSG in a novel location, the palatine tonsil, and leverages follow-up information to compare TORS to conventional surgical approaches. Methods: We performed transoral radical tonsillectomy, limited pharyngectomy, and base-of-tongue resection with staged left selective neck dissection. Results: Tumor pathology revealed an infiltrating salivary gland carcinoma with perineural invasion and a histologically similar adenocarcinoma in 1 of 64 left neck lymph nodes. TORS was performed with no perioperative complications, and the patient was subsequently discharge on postoperative day 3 with a Dobhoff tube. Postoperatively, the Dobhoff tube was removed at 1 month, the patient was advanced to soft foods by mouth at 2 months, and 3-month positron emission tomography-computed tomography scan showed no evidence of distant metastases and evolving postsurgical changes in the left tonsillectomy bed. Conclusions: This case report highlights the use of TORS resection with minimal acute and long-term morbidity compared to conventional approaches for the resection of this rare, locally invasive salivary gland carcinoma in the palatine tonsil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Minor salivary gland cancer
  • Tonsillar surgery
  • Transoral robotic Surgery
  • da Vinci surgical system


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