Am J Dermatopathol 2015 Mar;37(3):197-202
*Department of General Pathology, Dental School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; †Centro de Investigaciones Dermatológicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina; ‡Department of Dermatology, Hospital das Clínicas, Medical School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; and §Department of Surgical Pathology, Hospital Obrero, La Paz, Bolívia.
Cheilitis glandularis (CG) is an uncommon condition of unknown origin; it is clinically characterized by variable degrees of macrocheilia associated with red dilated ostia of minor salivary glands on the vermilion area, which secrete viscous saliva. Histopathological characteristics of CG are comprised of chronic sialadenitis with engorged acinar lobules and dilated ducts; CG also features chronic sun damage (actinic cheilitis and squamous cell carcinoma). These changes may be localized, and a punch biopsy specimen might fail to reveal enough criteria to support the diagnosis of CG. Read More