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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma



MUCOEPIDERMOID CARCINOMA: CLINICAL FEATURES, HISTOPATHOLOGY & TREATMENT

Author: Sanketh DS, MDS

INTRODUCTION AND ETIOLOGY

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC), so called because it comprises of “mucus” cells and “epidermoid (squamous)” cells histologically, is the most common malignant salivary gland tumor. This lesion was previously called “mucoepidermoid tumor” since it was thought that there were two subsets of these lesions – a benign and a malignant counterpart. However, it is now recognised that low grade tumors, that were previously designated as “benign” could recur and metastasize to regional lymph nodes and the term “mucoepidermoid carcinoma” is more appropriate.

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