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Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2019 Jan-Jun;10(1):109-113. doi: 10.4103/0975-5950.259843.

Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma: Case report with review of literature.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Career Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Department of Dentistry, Government Medical College, Banda, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Occurrence of central mucoepidermoid carcinoma within the jaw bones from aberrant salivary tissues is extremely rare and accounts for 2%-4% of all central mucoepidermoid carcinoma. Mandible is more commonly affected than maxilla in a ratio of 2:1. The origin of mucoepidermoid carcinoma is controversial and questionable. Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma is frequently misdiagnosed radiographically and clinically as a benign odontogenic tumor or cyst. Hence, it is important to detect malignant signs and histopathological feature of central mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the mandible to confirm the diagnosis. This paper reports a case of central mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the mandible in a 56-year-old patient with review of literature.


Carcinoma; central mucoepidermoid carcinoma; salivary gland tumor

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