Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Muco-epidermoid carcinoma

· Account for 3-9% of salivary gland tumors

· Consist of two cell types,namely large,pale mucus secreting cells surrounded by epidermoid(squamous)cells

· If mucoid the tumor tends to be cystic

· If mainly epidermoid,the tumor issolidand often then more aggressive

· no well defined capsule,tumor usually grows slowly

· Benign cytological appearances,mucoepidrmoid carcinomas can be invasive and occasionally metastasise

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