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Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000026
HEAD AND NECK ONCOLOGY: Edited by Piero Nicolai and Cesare Piazza

Management of salivary gland malignancies in the pediatric population

Aro, Katria; Leivo, Ilmob; Mäkitie, Anttia

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Abstract

Purpose of review

The management of pediatric salivary gland cancer (SGC) remains a challenge, and long-term outcome data are lacking for these rare tumors. The heterogeneity of histopathological features in 24 different SGCs further complicates unequivocal treatment recommendations across different age groups. This review aims to outline the management guidelines for pediatric SGC.

Recent findings

Compared with adults, pediatric SGC is more often localized to the primary site and of low-grade histology. Surgery remains the treatment of choice accompanied by oncological treatment in selected patients. Elective neck dissection seems unnecessary as the occurrence of occult metastases is rare.

Summary

This review provides information for clinicians to manage pediatric SGC highlighting the need for individually based treatment decisions at multidisciplinary head and neck centers.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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