Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma: A Demographic and Histopathological Profile
Background: To find the frequency and clinico-pathological presentation of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC).
Materials and Methods:
In this study, we included all the malignant salivary gland tumors. Among these the frequency of mucoepidermoid carcinoma was considered. Age, gender, histopathological grading and anatomical site of tumor were included in data analysis.
Out of 60 malignant salivary gland tumors reported to the histopathology department, 30 tumors were diagnosed as mucoepidermoid carcinomas. The patient’s age having mucoepidermoid carcinoma ranged from 6 to 88 years, mean age of 44.9±19.2SD. The male patients were 23 in number while female were 7. Out of 30 cases, 73.3% patients had tumor in parotid gland, while13.3% patients in submandibular gland . Other tumors were in palate, retromolar area, and in posterior 1/3rdof tongue (13.3%). According to histopathological grading 26.6% cases of MEC were of high grade, 26.6 % were intermediate grade and 36.6% were low grade.
According to this study, the frequency of MEC was 50% among all salivary gland tumors. MEC was mostly found in parotid gland and histopathologically low grade type was the most common.
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