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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-72

Salivary gland tumors – An unusual experience of 17 years

Department of Surgical Oncology, Royapettah Govt Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Subbiah Shanmugam
Department of Surgical Oncology, Royapettah Govt Hospital, Royapettah, Chennai - 600 014, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aiao.aiao_16_20

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Objective: The salivary gland tumors or otherwise called the “unusual tumors” are aptly named. The aim of this study was to determine the types, frequency, distribution, and demographic characteristics and treatment–outcome aspects of salivary gland tumors in a large representative sample from southern peninsular India. Thereby, an attempt was made to understand to why are they actually called unusually presenting usual tumors. Materials and Methods: This original article is a retrospective study regarding a 17-year single institutional experience of these tumors with yet again unusual patterns of presentations. This work was harvested from an oncological unit in the southern part of India, the Royapettah Govt Hospital. Medical records from 2002 to 2019 of salivary gland tumor patients were compiled to derive the data and analyzed. Statistical Analysis Used: The data were grouped and analyzed using simple measures of central tendency, percentages, and represented in tables and graphs. Results: There are some similarities but more dissimilarities with respect to their presentation. Males outnumbered females. Malignant tumors outnumbered benign tumors. However, the most common benign and malignant tumors were similar to the rest of the world. Conclusion: A much confluent and in-depth analysis from other parts of India as well as other regions of the Asian subcontinent and world needs to be done to understand the behavior of these usual tumors presenting unusually.

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