A case of central mucoepidermoid carcinoma associated with dentigerous cyst

Sayed Mohammad Razavi, Roya Yahyaabadi, Saeedeh Khalesi


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is the most common malignant salivary gland neoplasm. Central
MEC (CMEC) is a rare primary intraosseous bony lesion with an incidence of 2%–4.3% of all MECs
reported. In this article, we present a rare case of a CMEC in the anterior region of maxilla at a
43‑year‑old female patient that was arising from a dentigerous cyst. CMECs are extremely rare
tumor. They are usually low‑grade lesions with favorable prognosis. Odontogenic cysts are one of
the origins of this lesion. Treatment of impacted tooth is necessary in the early stage for prevention
of this neoplasm.
Key Words: Dentigerous cyst, malignant, mucoepidermoid carcinoma

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