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Sclerosing variant of mucoepidermoid carcinoma: a diagnostic challenge
  1. Usman Rasul1,
  2. Tom Bradish2,
  3. Mohammed Talha Bashir1 and
  4. Muhammad Shakeel3
  1. 1School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK
  3. 3Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Tom Bradish; tom.bradish{at}


The sclerosing variant of mucoepidermoid salivary gland carcinoma is extremely rare. It is nearly impossible to diagnose this condition preoperatively. We present a case of a 23-year-old woman with a 1-year history of left parotid enlargement with inconclusive fine-needle aspiration cytology results. MRI showed an irregular parotid mass, and subsequent partial parotidectomy confirmed the diagnosis. We discuss the diagnostic pitfalls of this condition and provide a review of the literature surrounding its pathogenesis and management.

  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • head and neck cancer
  • pathology

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  • Contributors UR is the primary author and helped with data collection, literature review and analysis. TB is the secondary author and helped with literature review, review of data, and supervision. MTB assisted in data collection and analysis. MS is a supervising consultant.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.