Intraosseous Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Mandible Detected as an Asymptomatic Swelling

Yasan G. T., AKTAŞ A., Keles G.

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, vol.34, no.1, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0000000000008778
  • Journal Name: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Central mucoepidermoid carcinoma, intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma, asymptomatic swelling
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Copyright © 2022 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma (IMEC) is a rare neoplasm of the jawbones. Although hypotheses focused on the malignant transformation of the epithelial mucosa of odontogenic cysts or ectopic salivary gland tissue have been suggested, the etiology of the disease is still unclear. It is more frequent in middle-aged individuals, has a slight female predilection, and is more common in the mandible than in the maxilla. Cortical enlargement is the most common symptom, while some lesions are detected by coincidence on radiography. This paper reports an IMEC of the mandible of a 35-year-old female, possibly arising from the remains of an odontogenic cyst associated with an unerupted mandibular molar, which was operated in an external center 5 years ago before IMEC diagnosis.