Lung tumor
Other carcinoma
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 27 December 2016, last major update September 2012

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Definition / general
  • Low grade or high grade salivary gland type tumor with mucus secreting cells, squamous cells, intermediate type cells
  • May arise from submucous bronchial glands, usually in large bronchi
  • May occur in children
  • Usually considered to have low malignant potential with recurrence but only rarely aggressive
  • Excellent prognosis after surgical removal
Case reports
Gross description
  • Polypoid growth in major bronchi
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Low grade or high grade
  • Mucus secreting cells, squamous cells, intermediate type cells
  • May have dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate (Am J Surg Pathol 2005;29:407)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Various images

Series of images - high grade tumor

Series of images - low grade tumor

Positive stains
  • Cyclin D1 overexpression in 20%
Differential diagnosis
  • Adenosquamous carcinoma: usually peripheral in lung, not centered on bronchi; large tumors, no intermediate cells