Oral cavity & oropharynx
Salivary gland tumors
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma


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PubMed Search: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma[TI] minor salivary glands

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N Mucoepidermoid carcinoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavitymucoep.html. Accessed January 17th, 2021.
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
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