Low and high grade mucoepidermoid carcinomas of the breast

Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2002;23(5):423-5.


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a very rare primary tumour of the breast. Until now only 17 cases have been described in the literature. Generally these malignancies have a good prognosis, especially if well differentiated. We report a case of low-grade which recurred as high-grade after 32 months. She also developed a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma in the other breast 12 years after her initial treatment. At present the patient is well without any sign of disease for 156 months. A literature review of this rare entity is presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid / therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mastectomy, Segmental / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / pathology*
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / surgery
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Treatment Outcome