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Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma of mandible: a rare case presentation and literature review
  1. Ravi Raja Kumar Saripalli1,
  2. Ananth Nag Jakkula2,
  3. Leela Subhashini Choudary Alluri3 and
  4. Meghana Sri Ravali Puranapanda2
  1. 1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saint Joseph's Dental College, Eluru-Duggirala, Andhra Pradesh, India
  2. 2Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, GSL Dental College and Hospital, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
  3. 3Periodontics, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ravi Raja Kumar Saripalli; rrkomfs{at}


Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma (IMC) is an atypical salivary gland neoplasm commonly seen in middle-aged adults. Their presentation in young individuals below the age group of 20 years is sporadic. Treatment modality mainly includes radical surgical resection for malignant tumours. There were only 13 reported cases of IMC of mandible below the age of 20 years in the English literature. All the reported cases were only managed with wide resection and radiotherapy. Surgical resection leads to loss of form and function in the young population, decreasing their morale. Hence, reconstruction should be mandated in young individuals for restoring function and aesthetics. We present a case of IMC of the mandible in a young female individual resected and reconstructed with a free fibula bone graft. Satisfactory healing is elicited with no recurrence at the 2-year follow-up period.

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Pathology
  • Head and neck cancer

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  • Contributors RRKS is the operating oral and maxillofacial surgeon who participated in the literature review and final approval of the submitted version. ANJ is the operating oral and maxillofacial surgeon and participated in the literature review. MSRP is the postgraduate resident assistant surgeon on this case. LSCA participated in the manuscript design, literature search, article selection, acquisition, drafting, revising the manuscript, table, figures and final submitted version approval.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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