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Open Access Lip Salivary-Gland Hamartoma in a Cynomolgus Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

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An incidental, asymptomatic, well-circumscribed, solitary, submucosal nodular mass was detected on the mucosal surface of the inner lower lip in a female cynomolgus macaque (age, approximately 2.4 y) during a juvenile chronic toxicology study. Grossly, the nodule was soft with brown to tan discoloration and measured approximately 4 mm in diameter. Microscopically, the nodule was covered by normal stratified squamous epithelium and composed of well-circumscribed irregular lobules containing hyperplastic and normal-appearing mucinous salivary gland acini and ducts, which were separated by thick connective tissue septae. In light of the gross pathology and results of microscopic examination, salivary gland hamartoma was diagnosed. This lesion resembles adenomatoid hyperplasia of mucous salivary glands in humans, which is a rare nonneoplastic swelling. To our knowledge, this case description is the first report of a cynomolgus macaque with the rare entity of lip salivary gland hamartoma, which likely represents adenomatous hyperplasia in humans.

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Affiliations: 1: Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, Drug Safety Research and Development, Andover, Massachusetts, USA. [email protected] 2: Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, Drug Safety Research and Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2014

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