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CASE REPORT: Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of maxilla: a rare entity
Sharad Purohit, BS Manjunatha, Kapil Dagrus and Ashutosh Harsh

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is the malignant salivary gland neoplasm chiefly occurred in minor salivary gland. One of the rare variant of MEC is intraosseous variant found in the jaws known as central mucoepidermoid carcinoma. Presently in this case report, we described a 28-year-old male diagnosed with central low grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma subsequently with the presence of asymptomatic swelling with a history of trauma. Clinically mimicking a cystic lesion and radiographically gives an idea of mixed radio-opaque radiolucent lesion which creates a confusion to render a final diagnosis. The site, duration and history of the case are uncommon for the occurrence of intra-osseous malignant lesion of salivary glands. Present case adds new dimensions to the present knowledge about the clinical and radiographical picture that a central mucoepidermoid carcinoma can mimic.

Keywords: Intra-osseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma, Maxilla, Jaw tumors, Salivary gland neoplasm

Abbreviations: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, MEC; Primary intra-osseous carcinoma, PIOC

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