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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 4039-4041

Curious case of primary pulmonary mucoepidermoid carcinoma

1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, UP, India
2 Department of Pathology, R.M.L. Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, UP, India
3 Department of Cardiology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, UP, India

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Dr. Surya Kant
of Respiratory Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, UP
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_731_19

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Pulmonary mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is an uncommon tumor constituting only 0.1% to 0.2% of all lung carcinoma. It is classified under “salivary gland type” tumors in the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of lung cancers. It generally carries a better prognosis than the more common small cell and nonsmall cell lung carcinomas. It is pathologically classified into high-grade and low-grade tumors. High-grade tumors are usually unresectable at presentation. However, surgery is the mainstay of treatment, which aims at surgically negative margins for a complete cure. In our patient, pulmonary MEC presented with intrathoracic mass with pericardial effusion. It came out to be low-grade neoplasm, which was treated with platinum-based doublet chemotherapy and responded well with near-total disappearance of tumor, like a vanishing lung tumor.

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