Journal of Oral Science
Online ISSN : 1880-4926
Print ISSN : 1343-4934
ISSN-L : 1343-4934
Papillary squamous cell carcinoma of the oral mucosa : immunohistochemical comparison with other carcinomas of oral mucosal origin
Yasunori TakedaMasanobu SatohShin-ichi NakamuraHirotsugu Yamamoto
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2001 Volume 43 Issue 3 Pages 165-169


Papillary squamous cell carcinoma (PSCC) is a poorly described variant of squamous cell carcinoma, and may be confused with verrucous carcinoma of the head and neck. To add to existing knowledge of this rare tumor, we describe two cases of PSCC arising in the oral mucosa. The lesions were composed of exophytic proliferation of atypical to overtly malignant cells similar to those of conventional squamous cell carcinoma, and invasion into the superficial region of the underlying fibrous tissue was seen in the form of islands and cords of malignant cells. Immunohistochemical assessment of cellular proliferative activity showed a significantly high mean percentage of Ki-67 expression in comparison with verrucous carcinoma, but there was no significant difference of Ki-67 expression among PSCC, conventional squamous cell carcinoma and microinvasive squamous cell carcinoma. These results suggest that the biological behavior of PSCC is analogous to that of SCC. (J. Oral Sci. 43, 165-169, 2001)

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