Oral cavity
Minor salivary gland tumors / lesions
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 27 April 2018, last major update November 2013

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PubMed Search: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma[TI] minor salivary glands

Cite this page: Pernick, N. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavitymucoep.html. Accessed July 19th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • May arise from excretory ducts
  • Aggressive, 30 - 80% recur and 5 year survival of 20%
  • Usually not fatal if 2.5 cm or less
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Similar to adenosquamous carcinoma but no anaplastic nuclear features, no squamous cell carcinoma in situ