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Epithelial myoepithelial tumour of the tracheal gland.
  1. H Horinouchi,
  2. T Ishihara,
  3. M Kawamura,
  4. R Kato,
  5. K Kikuchi,
  6. K Kobayashi,
  7. Y Maenaka,
  8. C Torikata
  1. Department of Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan.


    A case of epithelial myoepithelial tumour originating from the tracheal gland in a 57 year old woman is described. The tumour was removed by segmental tracheal resection and end-to-end anastomosis. Histologically, the tumour comprised clear cells and presented a monophasic pattern. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that the tumour cells were positive for both S-100 protein and smooth muscle actin. suggesting that this tumour resembles a subtype of epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma described in the 1990 WHO international classification of salivary glands. Although some reports describe a clear cell dominant epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma, in this case local invasiveness or regional lymphnode metastasis was not proved through investigation. It is therefore concluded that this was an epithelial myoepithelial tumour rather than a carcinoma.

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