Archives of Head and Neck Surgery
Archives of Head and Neck Surgery
Case Report Head and neck reconstruction

Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Ana Luiza Viana Pequeno, Jonatas Catunda de Freitas, Matheus Augusto Mesquita Fernandes, Ana Carla Albuquerque dos Santos, Wellington Alves Filho

Downloads: 0
Views: 666


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is a common malignant tumor composed of mucinous cells, clear cells and squamoid tumor cells. It is usually localized on the salivary glands, however can very rarely be intraosseous. This tumor affects women more than men and is more common in the mandible. In this report, we present a case of a 45-year-old woman with a painless intraoral mass for 10 years which was repeatedly misdiagnosed, evolving into an extensive lesion. After an appropriate approach, she was diagnosed with MEC of the mandible and submitted to a left hemimandibulectomy accompanied by microsurgical reconstruction with excellent results.


bone neoplasms; head and neck neoplasms; mandibular reconstruction; microsurgery


1. Başaran B, Doruk C, Yılmaz E, Sünnetçioğlu E, Bilgiç B. Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the jaw: report of three cases. Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2018;56(1):42-6. PMid:29988278.

2. Bell D, Lewis C, El-Naggar AK, Weber RS. Primary intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the jaw: reappraisal of the MD Anderson Cancer Center experience. Head Neck. 2016;38(Suppl 1):E1312-7. PMid:26316332.

3. Nallamilli SM, Tatapudi R, Reddy RS, Ravikanth M, Rajesh N. Primary intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the maxilla. Ghana Med J. 2015;49(2):120-3. PMid:26339097.

4. Verma RK, Sunku SK, Bal A, Panda NK. Giant cystic primary mucoepidermoid carcinoma of mandible: a rare case and literature review. Otolaryngol Pol. 2014;68(6):328-32. PMid:25441939.

5. Rathore AS, Ahuja P, Chhina S, Ahuja A. Primary intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of maxilla. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol. 2014;18(3):428-31. PMid:25949001.

5dd824b20e8825380f13f287 archives Articles
Links & Downloads

Arch. Head Neck Surg.

Share this page
Page Sections