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J Pak Med Assoc. 2011 Sep;61(9):945-7.

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the base of tongue.

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  • 1Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.


Mucoepidermoid carcinomas are thought to arise from the reserve cells of salivary gland ducts. Minor salivary glands are located all around the oral cavity and base of the tongue; however few cases of MEC of the base of the tongue have been reported in literature and no guidelines are available for its management. Here we would like to present the case of a 71 year old male with mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the base of the tongue successfully treated with surgical excision and neck dissection. Regular clinical follow up showed no signs of recurrence at 9 months post excision.

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