Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma

Physiology

  • Malignant mucoepithelial tumor of lung

Diagnosis

  • FOB: usually occurs as sessile/ polypoid mass in airway
    • EBB: diagnostic

Clinical

  • Symptoms of Obstruction (see [[Obstructive Lung Disease]])

Treatment

  • Bronchoscopic removal: fulguration/laser may be used for poor surgical candidates
  • Surgical excision ( with wide margins): usually recommended
    • Tumors may locally recur if not completely resected
  • XRT: for positive surgical margins/ recurrent disease
    • Used more commonly with salivary gland origin, less experience with airway origin tumors
  • Chemo: palliative (for metastatic disease)

Prognosis

  • Variable outcome (depending on histology)

References

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