March 25, 2021
Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma or ACC is a lesser-known carcinoma that develops at the glandular level. Here is a guide that aims at helping you understand this condition better.
ACC is a condition that usually affects a patient’s head or neck. In some less prevalent female cases, it may show up in the uterus as well. The glands that secrete saliva and keep the upper portion of the aerodigestive system moist are the usual target spots for tumor development in this condition. Several major and minor salivary glands are present in this part of the digestive system. The parotid gland located in front of both ears, the submandibular present below the jawbone, and the sublingual ones tucked under the tongue are all major salivary glands. Aside from these, there are the minor ones which include those in the palate, nasopharynx, base of the tongue, mucosal layer, larynx, and trachea. All these glands are susceptible to the formation of ACC tumors.
An ACC malignancy may not produce any symptoms at first and the symptoms of this disease vary based on the site of the tumor. Here are some typical effects of an ACC tumor:
While it is difficult to point out the exact trigger for an ACC tumor, studies suggest that genetic modifications that are not inherited but occur during one’s life play a significant role.
Follow-up care is essential for patients who have received treatment of any kind for ACC. Here are a few things that should be kept in mind:
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