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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of retromolar area: an incidental finding
  1. Vindhya Savithri1,
  2. Rakesh Suresh1,
  3. Mahija Janardhanan1 and
  4. Ravi Veeraraghavan2
  1. 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology & Microbiology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi, Kerala, India
  2. 2Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi, Kerala, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Vindhya Savithri; vinna7{at}


Salivary gland tumours can arise in any location in the oral cavity but are rather rare in the retromolar region. The majority of the salivary neoplasms arising here are malignant in nature. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is more commonly seen in the palate. Tumours arising in the retromolar region tend to show symptoms late in onset and may be greater in extent than evident clinically. Imaging studies will help in understanding the full extent of these lesions. We report a case of mucoepidermoid carcinoma arising in a young female patient who reported for orthodontic correction. In the course of examination, a palpable swelling was identified in the right retromolar area, which was eventually diagnosed as intermediate-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma. Wide resection with adjuvant radiotherapy was the treatment given for the patient.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • head and neck cancer
  • radiotherapy
  • pathology

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  • Contributors VS developed the concept. VS, RS and MJ provided definition of intellectual content. VS, RS and MJ conducted the literature search. VS and RV were involved in case diagnosis. VS and RS were involved in manuscript preparation. VS, RS, MJ and RV were involved in manuscript editing. VS, RS, MJ and RV were involved in manuscript review. VS is the guarantor.

  • 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.

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

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