Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a type of cancer that typically occurs in the salivary glands. It can imitate most other tumors of the glands, and therefore is often considered in the differential. Although mucoepidermoid carcinoma can develop in anyone at any age, it is most common in middle age. However, it is the most common cancerous salivary gland tumor of childhood. Mucoepidermoid carcinomas most often occur in the parotid gland. It can also occur in other organs such as the thyroid, bronchi, and lacrimal sac. This type of carcinoma develops from three cellular elements in different proportions: mucus-secreting cells, intermediate cells, and squamous cells.
The side effects of mucoepidermoid carcinoma depend on the location of the tumors. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lungs causes coughing, fatigue, blood in cough, labored breathing, pneumonia, pain in the chest, weight loss, and wheezing. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma in the parotid gland causes bleeding, difficulty opening the mouth, ear pain, or pain in the neck or mouth, facial paralysis, numbness, loss of motor function, pain or difficulty with swallowing, and tenderness. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma in the salivary glands causes a swelling or lump on or near the jaw or in the mouth or neck, continuous pain in the area of a salivary gland, having problems opening the mouth widely, muscle weakness on one side of the face, numbness in a certain part of the face, and difficulty swallowing. In general, mucoepidermoid carcinoma may cause a lump in the face, neck or mouth; numbness, weakness, or pain in part of the face; or difficulty swallowing.
The possible complications of mucoepidermoid carcinoma of salivary gland may include:
The body systems harmed by mucoepidermoid carcinoma include the respiratory and digestive systems.
There is no information on what foods or nutrients prevent mucoepidermoid carcinoma.
Treatment options for mucoepidermoid carcinoma include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. In some cases, more than one type of treatment is used.
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a type of cancer of the salivary glands.
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma generally causes a lump in the face, neck or mouth; numbness, weakness, or pain in part of the face; or difficulty swallowing.
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma can result in many complications.
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
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