1993 Volume 33 Issue 2 Pages 247-253
A case of mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung which showed a poor course was reported, and the literature was reviewed. The patient was a 66-year-old male. A mass shadow on the right lower lung field was seen on the chest X-ray.
Because of widespread lymph nodes metastases in the right hilum and mediastinum, radiation therapy was performed, but he died 4 months later.
In general, mucoepidermoid carcinoma is known to be a low grade malignancy, however our case was thought to be high grade malignancy.
In Japan, 13 cases of mucoepidermoid carcinoma with aggressive clinical behavior have been reported. In those cases, the chest radiogram and bronchoscopic findings showed various and histological findings did not always agree with clinical behaviour.