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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 925630, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/925630
Case Report

Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Tongue Base Mimicking an Ectopic Thyroid

1ENT Section, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 00192 Rome, Italy
2ENT Section, Department of Sense Organs, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 00192 Rome, Italy

Received 20 December 2012; Accepted 9 January 2013

Academic Editors: E. Mevio, Y. Orita, and G. Zhou

Copyright © 2013 Salvatore Martellucci et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A 69-year-old woman with mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the tongue base came under our observation complaining of repeated episodes of haemoptysis. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the tongue base gives rise to a rather vague and aspecific symptomatology. Early symptoms include foreign body sensation in the oral cavity, undefined paraesthesia, and sialorrhoea. With the progression of disease, dysphagia, otalgia, and painful swallowing are usually referred. We report a case of mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the tongue base mimicking an ectopic thyroid.