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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 218-223
Utility of smooth muscle actin and CD117 as reliable markers in the diagnosis of salivary gland neoplasms

Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Herald J Sherlin
Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, 162, P. H. Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_225_18

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Objective: The aim of this study is to analyze the utility of immunohistochemical markers such as CD117 and smooth muscle actin (SMA) in the diagnosis of various benign and malignant salivary gland neoplasms. Materials and Methods: The study comprises 17 samples categorized into three groups: Group I consisted of 5 histopathologically normal salivary gland tissue; Group II comprised 7 cases, of which 3 cases were pleomorphic adenoma, 3 cases were myoepithelioma and 1 case was Warthin's tumor; and Group III consisted of 5 cases, of which 1 was mucoepidermoid carcinoma and 4 cases were adenoid cystic carcinoma. The selected cases were subjected to immunohistochemistry (IHC) procedure to assess the expression pattern of CD117 and SMA. Results: In SMA, 85.8% showed severe-to-moderate intense expression among the tumor cells in benign salivary gland tumor. All the 5 malignant tumors showed the expression of SMA and 3 cases demonstrated severe expression among the tumor cells. An intense expression pattern of SMA was observed in both benign and malignant neoplasms in the periphery and stromal components of the tumor. Only two cases were positive for CD117, and connective tissue components were completely negative in both malignant and benign salivary gland neoplasms. Conclusion: Alpha-SMA can be utilized as reliable IHC markers for salivary gland neoplasms due to its diagnostic importance in tumors with myoepithelial origin indicative of the histogenesis of salivary gland tumors.

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