A salivary malignant myoepithelioma in a dog.
ABSTRACT Salivary tumours are uncommon in domestic animals and there are no known previous confirmed reports of salivary tumours of myoepithelial origin in dogs. A 12-year-old female mixed breed dog was presented with a lobulated mass, composed of white-yellowish tissues, extending from soft palate to epiglottis. Histological examination revealed a neoplastic lesion consisting of a dense population of cells showing moderate pleomorphism, with pale cytoplasm and large oval nuclei, arranged in solid lobules. Mitotic activity was very high. Tumoral cells were negative for both periodic acid-Schiff reaction and Alcian blue stain and displayed strong immunohistochemical reactivity for pan-cytokeratin, muscle specific actin and myosin and focal positivity for cytokeratin 14. On the basis of the morphological, histochemical and immunohistochemical findings a diagnosis of malignant tumour of myoepithelial origin (malignant myoepithelioma) was made.