May 7, 2019 | 24th BaSS Congress | INVITED LECTURERS


Assist. Prof. Dr. Ljiljana Vučković

Ljiljana Vučković was born in Kotor, Montenegro, in 1973. She graduated from
Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1999. She defended her master thesis
“Immunohistechemical analysis of parafollicular – C cells in colloid goiter of thyroid
gland” in 2004. PhD thesis entitled “Angiogenesis, VEGF, EGFR and MMP9 expressions
in bronchial squamous cell carcinoma and its prognostic value” she defended in 2008.
She completed medical specialisation in Pathology in 2005, and then obtained medical
subspecialisation in Medical cytology in 2011. She is employed as a pathologist at the
Clinical Center of Montenegro.
Ljiljana Vučković was promoted to Assistant Professor at Medical faculty, University of
Montenegro in 2013. Ljiljana Vučković is author of numerous papers published in both
national and international journals and conferences.

Abstract Synopsis


Ljiljana Vučković(1), Mirjana Đuričković (2)
1 Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro
2 Faculty of Medicine, Study program Dentistry, University of Montenegro, Podgorica


Metastatic tumours make up only 1-3% of all malignant tumours of the oral region, while
in 25% of the total number of cases, they are the first sign of the disease. Usually
metastases in the oral region are followed by poor prognosis. Metastases can occur in soft
tissues of the oral region, although they are more common in bone structures. Metastases
are more common in the mandibula, than in maxilla, and from soft tissues most
commonly occur in the attached gingiva and in the tongue. The most commonly
malignant tumours of the lung, breast, kidney, liver, bone, prostate, thyroid gland, skin,
colon and female genital organs give metastases in this region. These tumours most
commonly occur in patients aged 40 to 70 years. Diagnosis of metastatic tumours of the
oral region is a great challenge, both for clinicians and for histopathologists. Since it is a
heterogeneous group of neoplasms, standard histopathological tissue processing is not
sufficient to determine the histological type of tumour and its primary origin. In order to
find answers to these questions, it is necessary to perform an immunohistochemical
analysis of tumour tissue. Unfortunately, there are cases (especially in cases of poor and
undifferentiated carcinomas) in which even after immunohistochemical analysis, it is not
possible to define the histological type and primary tumour origin. In the analysis of
metastatic tumours of the oral region, team work is important and careful clinical and
histopathological assessment lead to definitive and accurate diagnosis.
Key words: metastatic tumours; oral cavity