J Korean Assoc Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg.  2012 Nov;34(6):473-479.

Warthin Tumor on the Parotid Gland: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sanggye Paik Hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea. bgeneral@paik.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ilsan Paik Hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea.


Warthintumor (WT), also known as adenolymphoma or papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, was described in 1895 for the first time. It is a common benign tumor of the parotid glands and the second most common neoplasm of the salivary gland, accounting for 5% to 14% of all parotid neoplasm. A 63-year-old man visited our clinic with the complaint of swelling on the right parotid gland. Physical examination showed a 3 cm, firm, well-circumscribed, painless mass on the right mandibular angle. Computed tomography imaging showed a 3.5x2.0x1.6 cm well-defined cystic mass. WT is histologically characterized by bilayered, oncocystic cell, lymphoid stroma, and cystic space. With these typical cytomorphologic characteristics, the fine-needle aspiration cytology was performed as diagnostic tool before the surgery. The lymphocytes and oncocystic cell were not observed. The lesion was completely excised under general anesthesia. We diagnosed the case as WT, from the surgically excised specimen. We report on the case with a review of the literatures.


Warthin tumor (WT); Adenolymphoma; Papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum

MeSH Terms

Anesthesia, General
Biopsy, Fine-Needle
Parotid Gland
Parotid Neoplasms
Physical Examination
Salivary Glands
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