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Indian Journal of Mednodent and Allied Sciences
Year : 2013, Volume : 1, Issue : 1to3
First page : ( 44) Last page : ( 47)
Print ISSN : 2347-6192. Online ISSN : 2347-6206.

Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma-Histopathologist Perspective– A Review

Babu T T Mahesh1,*, Kothawar Sunil Kumar2, Malathi N3, Patil Namrata4

1Reader, Department of Oral Pathology, Gitam Dental College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

2Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Dr. HSRSM Dental College, Hingoli, Maharashtra, India

3Professor & Head, Department of Oral Pathology, Sri Ramachandra Dental College, Porur, Chennai, India;

4Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Pathology, Saraswati Dhanwantri Dental College, Parbhani, Maharashtra, India

*Correspondence author email id: *77mahesh@gmail.com

Online published on 14 November, 2013.


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is the most common malignancy of the salivary glands. It comprises 5–10% of all salivary gland tumours. It is histologically comprised of a mixture of mucous cells, intermediate cells, squamoid or epidermoid cells. This tumour may also demonstrate clear cell, oncocytic or columnar cells. There is arguably no other salivary gland tumour in which grading is as important to prognosis and therapy.

Here we present a review with systematic approach to the histopathologic diagnosis, grading and prognosis, with a special emphasis on the biologic potential based on newer investigative modalities from the histopathologist perspective.



Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, Histopathologic diagnosis, Histochemistry, Grading, Biologic potential.


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