Warthin Tumor–Like Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma

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Abstract

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) shows a wide morphologic spectrum, including epithelium with oncocytic or squamous metaplastic changes overlying a prominent cystic architecture, as well as tumor-associated lymphoid tissue. We illustrate a case of MEC of the parotid in a 17-year-old female, in which all these features occurred extensively, such that they accounted for almost the entire neoplasm, and closely mimicked Warthin tumor histologically. This highlights the need for diagnostic awareness of this particular morphologic variant of MEC, as patients could potentially be inappropriately discharged from follow-up if diagnosed with a benign neoplasm.

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