Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Case Report Volume 4 Issue 2

Unusual Case of Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of Sublingual Salivary Gland in an Adolescent Boy

K Krishna Kumar1, Rohini Prasad2 and VJ Niranjana Bharathi3*

1Senior ENT Consultant, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, OMR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2Junior ENT Consultant, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, OMR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author: VJ Niranjana Bharathi, Junior ENT Consultant, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, OMR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Received: November 25, 2021; Published: January 20, 2022


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a very commonly seen malignant neoplasm of major and minor salivary glands. It most commonly arises within the parotid gland, and one-third arises in the minor salivary glands. Sublingual salivary gland malignancies are very rare and constitute 0.5% and 1% of all tumors. The atypical location and appearance of low grade mucoepidermoid carcinomas can mislead clinicians. In this article, we describe a case of a low-grade MEC in a 13-year-old boy arising from the sublingual salivary gland which was mistaken as a ranula preoperatively.

Keywords: Malignant Salivary Gland Tumor; Ranula; Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma


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Citation: VJ Niranjana Bharathi., et al. “Unusual Case of Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of Sublingual Salivary Gland in an Adolescent Boy".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 4.2 (2022): 15-17.


Copyright: © 2022 VJ Niranjana Bharathi., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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