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Pathology Forum
May 2001

Diagnosis Quiz Case 2

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(5):597-598. doi:

Primary tumors of the cervical trachea are quite rare, with reports of fewer than 3 new cases per million per year.1,2 They represent a wide variety of histopathologic subtypes, among which adenoid cystic carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common, representing approximately 76% of all tumors. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the trachea is quite rare, with only 18 cases recognized in a 40-year retrospective study of tracheobronchial tumors from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.3

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