Sialolipoma of the parotid gland: Case report with literature review comparing major and minor salivary gland sialolipomas

Sohail Qayyum, Ryan Meacham, Merry Sebelik, Nadeem Zafar

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Sialolipoma is a rare tumor found within both major and minor salivary glands. Here we discuss sialolipoma of the parotid gland and briefly review the English literature. Including our case, a total of 35 sialolipomas have been reported, 18 within major salivary glands and 17 within minor salivary glands. Major gland sialolipomas most often are presented in the parotid gland (77%) and those from minor glands were most often seen in the palate (41%). All lesions were well circumscribed and contained mature adipose tissue intimately admixed with benign salivary gland components. Ductal dilatation was found in 100% of minor salivary gland sialolipomas but in only 28% of major salivary gland tumors. Nerve entrapment has also rarely been noted in major salivary glands (14%) whereas myxoid degeneration has been identified in rare minor salivary glands tumors (13%). Treatment is surgical excision and is curative with no reports of recurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013



  • Lipoma
  • major salivary gland
  • minor salivary gland
  • parotid gland
  • sialolipoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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