Oral cavity
Other carcinomas (non salivary gland)
Small cell carcinoma

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Revised: 4 February 2019

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PubMed Search: Small cell carcinoma[TI] oral

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N Small cell carcinoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavitysmallcell.html. Accessed October 16th, 2019.
Definition / general
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Small to medium sized ovoid cells with minimal cytoplasm and hyperchromatic nuclei
  • Rarely squamous or ductal differentiation; does not arise from surface epithelium but may involve it secondarily
Positive stains
  • Neuroendocrine markers
Electron microscopy description
  • Variable dense core secretory granules
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