Fine needle aspiration cytology of parotid sarcoidosis

S Mair, G Leiman, D Levinsohn
Acta Cytologica 1989, 33 (2): 169-72
Granulomatous lesions of the salivary gland are rare; as such, there have been few reports of the cytologic features of granulomatous sialadenitis in general, and salivary gland sarcoidosis in particular. A case of systemic sarcoidosis involving both parotid glands, diagnosed initially by fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology, is presented. The specific cytologic features included histiocytes of both epithelioid and giant multinucleated types, without background necrosis. The FNA cytologic differential diagnosis of bilateral parotitis is discussed.

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