Sinonasal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
*Zakaria Chafiki, Ait El kerdoudi M, Merzouki B, Rouadi S, Abada R, Roubal M and Mahtar M
ENT-Head and Neck surgery, Ibn Rochd University Hospital, Morocco
Submission: November 28, 2016; Published: December 06, 2016
*Corresponding author: CHAFIKI Zakaria, ENT-Head and Neck surgery, August 20th Hospital, Ibn Rochd University Hospital, Casablanca, Morocco
How to cite this article: Zakaria C, Ait El k M, Merzouki B, Rouadi S, Abada R et al. Sinonasal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Canc Therapy & Oncol Int J. 2016; 2(4): 555592 DOI: 10.19080/CTOIJ.2016.02.555592
Adenoid cystic carcinomas (ACC) represent 10% of all salivary tumors. It primarily affects the salivary glands particularly those located in the buccal cavity. Sinonasal location is rarely described . We report a rare case of sinonasal adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC), we discuss through a brief review of the literature its clinical, radiological, histopathological and therapeutic modalities and the prognostic factors of this tumor.
ACC is a rare malignant neoplasm that accounts for 1-2% of all head and neck malignancies and approximately 10% of all salivary gland neoplasms . It occurs predominantly among women, between the fifth and sixth decades of life . Sinonasal Adenocarcinomas mainly arise from the respiratory epithelium or the underlying mucoserous glands (60%). It’s known by its slow persistent growth with a high risk of local recurrences and distant metastases. The treatment of choice is based on surgical excision of the tumor with adjuvant radiation therapy.
A 44 year-old female presented to the ENT emergencies with a swelling of the latero-nasal area and the inner corner of the left eye evolving for the last year. It measured 2.5 cm at its largest diameter (Figure 1). The patient reported a progressive left-sided nasal obstruction of 8 months duration, with purulent,bloody and fetid nasal discharge, with a conservation of the general state. The anterior rhinoscopy highlighted nasal congestion with no visible tumor. Ophthalmologic examination revealed lateralization of the left eyeball with telecanthus. Facial CT scan revealed a tumor process of the left nasolabial furrow with lysis of the maxillary bone, its internal wall and also the inner wall of the orbit (Figure 2). A biopsy through the vestibular way has confirmed the diagnosis of a cribriformtype of ACC. The staging did not find distant metastases. The patient was managed surgically with adjuvant radiation therapy.
Sinonasal Adenoid cystic carcinomas are considered as poor prognostic tumors, characterized by the possibility of late and frequent local recurrences, and poor survival. These tumors grow usually slowly, thus they can reach considerable size before the diagnosis is made. The initial prognosis may be good but the frequency of local recurrences and distant metastases (lung
essentially) influence the long-term survival (10-year survival
<10%) . Local recurrences are more frequent for sinonasal
locations (60% of clinically evident recurrences within 2
years following treatment) . This is related to the difficulty
of ensuring healthy resection margins at the base of the skull
often because of the very advanced stage of the tumor by the
time of the diagnosis, the anatomic complexity of the region, the
frequent intracranial extension along cranial nerves and because
of restriction on the resection margins caused by the proximity
of critical neurovascular structures.
Among the most important prognostic factors involved are
tumor stage, histological grade (The tubular- and cribriformtype
ACCs are lower-grade tumors, whereas solid-type ACC is a
higher-grade tumor), the existence of perineural invasion and
cancerous resection margins [4,6,7]. Complete surgical resection
is critical but often difficult to realize close to the skull base [4,8].
Postoperative radiotherapy improves the long-term prognosis
of patients with large lesions especially if there are microscopic
residues after surgery.
Adenoid cystic carcinoma of sinonasal cavities is a rare
aggressive tumor with a high incidence of local recurrence and
distance metastases regardless of therapeutic modalities used.
Complete surgical excision and adjuvant radiation therapy for the extensive local infiltration offer to these patients the best
chance to achieve high tumor control.