Objective: To report a case of acinic cell carcinoma arising in the nasal cavity and review the related literature.
Case report: A 69 year old patient presented with nasal obstruction. A biopsy of the mass identified on clinical and radiological examination showed an acinic cell carcinoma. Further surgical excision of the medial maxilla revealed no additional tumour.
Conclusion: Acinic cell carcinoma is a malignant tumour seen most commonly in the parotid gland. These tumours only rarely occur in the sinonasal cavity. Both pathologists and surgeons need to be aware of this likelihood to avoid misdiagnosis.