Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the uterine cervix. Cytologic features

Dayton, V.; Henry, M.; Stanley, M.W.; Carson, L.; Taber, E.

Acta Cytologica 34(2): 125-128


ISSN/ISBN: 0001-5547
PMID: 2157320
Document Number: 366756
A case of primary cervical adenoid cystic carcinoma in a 75-year-old woman is reported. Two cervical smears taken at the time of initial presentation for vaginal spotting were negative; a third smear, taken a year later prior to laparotomy, was diagnosed as positive. The cytologic findings in the positive cervical smear are described and illustrated. The differential diagnosis of the cytologic findings is discussed, and the literature on this lesion is briefly reviewed. The results in this case and others suggest that the diagnosis of cervical adenoid cystic carcinoma in an asymptomatic patient may be missed by routine smear examination.

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