POLYPOIDAL MUCOEPIDERMOID CARCINOMA OF SOFT PALATE: AN INCIDENTAL FINDING IN A CHILD
*Dr. Surekha Yadav, Sarika Singh, Nita Khurana and P. K. Rathore
Paedatric mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the palate is a rare tumour. The incidence of epithelial salivary gland tumours in children and adolescents is 3.7-5.5%. The malignant salivary gland neoplasm is found mostly in the parotid gland. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) comprises a mixture of three types of cells- intermediate type cells, mucus-producing cells, and epidermoid or squamous cells. MEC is a diagnostic challenge when it appears as asymptomatic swelling in minor salivary glands in the paediatric patient. This case report describes an unusual case of incidental palatal mucoepidermoid carcinoma in a young child who underwent biopsy for suspected papilloma.
Keywords: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, epidermoid.
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