Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 518--522

Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma radiographically mimicking an odontogenic tumor: A case report and literature review


Leorik Pereira da Silva1, Marianna Sampaio Serpa1, Luiz Arthur Barbosa da Silva1, Ana Paula Veras Sobral2 
1 Department of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal-RN, Brazil
2 Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco, Recife-PE, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Leorik Pereira da Silva
Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, 1787, Lagoa Nova, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil

Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma (CMC) of the jaw bones is a rare malignant salivary gland tumor of unknown pathogenesis, comprising about 4% of all mucoepidermoid carcinomas (MECs). Most cases are histologically classified as a low-grade tumor and radiographically appear as a well-defined unilocular or multilocular radiolucent lesion. Block resection or wide local excisions are the treatment of choice and patients usually show a good overall prognosis although a long-term follow-up is necessary. This report describes a case of a 28-year-old male with MEC in the posterior region of the mandible and discusses its clinical, radiographic and histopathological findings. Although rare, CMC may be considered a differential diagnosis in cases of proliferative and osteolytic lesions in the oral cavity even when its clinical and/or radiographic findings do not suggest malignancy.


How to cite this article:
da Silva LP, Serpa MS, da Silva LA, Sobral AP. Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma radiographically mimicking an odontogenic tumor: A case report and literature review.J Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2016;20:518-522


How to cite this URL:
da Silva LP, Serpa MS, da Silva LA, Sobral AP. Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma radiographically mimicking an odontogenic tumor: A case report and literature review. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2018 Nov 16 ];20:518-522
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