Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2017)
Primary mucoepidermoid carcinoma of middle ear: A rare tumour
Author(s): Dr. Avni Gupta, Dr. Hoogar MB, Dr. Reeta Dhar, Dr. Atul Jain, Dr. Vaidehee Naik
Abstract: Malignant tumours of middle ear are highly uncommon, though squamous cell carcinoma is the most common among malignant tumours. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a malignant tumour of varying indolent to aggressive biological behaviour, which is histologically composed of an admixture of mucous secreting cells, epidermoid cells and intermediate cells, which is commonly found in salivary glands, accessory salivary glands of lips, tongue and other sites such as larynx and pharynx. Its occurrence in middle ear is very rare and as such its origin in the middle ear which does not show the histologic presence of any glands or mucous cells, makes its histogenesis a bewildering enigma. The case being presented here is one such rare case of a mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the middle ear in a middle-aged woman which disguisedly manifested as chronic suppurative inflammation of left ear.
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