Primary intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the maxilla

  • SM Nallamilli
  • R Tatapudi
  • RS Reddy
  • M Ravikanth
  • N Rajesh
Keywords: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, salivary gland malignancy, maxilla, CT imaging, histopathologic picture


Primary intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma (PIOC) is an infrequent malignancy of the head and neck that exhibits diverse biological behavior. The rareness of the location for a salivary gland tumor and the clinical and radiographic manifestations, suggestive of an odontogenic lesion often pose a diagnostic challenge. We hereby report such a unique case of central mucoepidermoid carcinoma that presented in an ambiguous manner, developing in the maxilla and intruding into the adjacent vital structures, adding a literature review.

Keywords: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, salivary gland malignancy, maxilla, CT imaging,
histopathologic picture


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