Journal Article

Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma in a 33-Year-Old White Man

Christina M. Behring and Michael A. Lazzari

in Laboratory Medicine

Published on behalf of American Society for Clinical Pathology

Volume 46, issue 4, pages 327-331
Published in print November 2015 | ISSN: 0007-5027
Published online November 2015 | e-ISSN: 1943-7730 | DOI:
Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma in a 33-Year-Old White Man

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Patient Demographics:

A 33-year-old white man.

Chief Complaint:

Longstanding bump on the roof of the mouth.


The patient was referred to an oral maxillofacial surgeon for a pathology consultation. The patient had been experiencing pain on both sides of his jaw, but the oral mass was not painful (Image 1).

Medical History:

The patient has no history of smoking, is slightly overweight with a body mass index of 26.5, and has no systemic or chronic medical conditions.

Examination Findings:

On initial examination by the oral surgeon, the vital signs of the patient were normal. An indurated lesion was noted on the left hard palate of the patient. Suspecting a benign lesion or possible carcinoma/neoplasm, the oral surgeon scheduled and performed an excisional biopsy (Image 2). The mass was sent for pathological processing.

Postoperative Care:

This included a diet of soft foods, with daily rinsing using 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate, with a follow-up appointment made for 2 weeks later.

Principal Laboratory Findings:

Figure 1; Image 3; Image 4

Keywords: mucoepidermoid carcinoma; MECT1-MAML2; salivary-gland neoplasm

Journal Article.  1566 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Chemistry

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