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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 397-398

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of hard palate

1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India

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DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_617_17

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Salivary gland tumors are clinically diverse group of neoplasms, of which pleomorphic adenoma and mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) are most common benign and malignant tumors, respectively. Besides the major salivary glands, these tumors can affect the minor salivary gland tissues in the posterior part of the hard palate. Minor salivary gland tumor accounts for about 15% of all the salivary gland neoplasm, of which MEC accounts to about 35.9%. MEC appears as asymptomatic swellings and shows a variety of biological behaviors and variable natural history. This article reports a case of MEC involving the posterior part of the hard palate. The lesion was treated by wide surgical excision with a regular follow-up and no recurrence was noted.

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