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Sebaceous glands - unusual histological finding in the uterine cervix

J. Szumiło, A. Patel, S. Patel, F. Burdan
Folia Morphol 2009;68(4):287-289.

open access

Vol 68, No 4 (2009)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2009-11-26
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

Sebaceous glands have been extremely rare findings in the female genital system. Excluding the vulva and recent findings, very few cases have been described. The origin of the lesions remains a topic of speculation. However, it appears that prolonged irritation induces a metaplastic response in the ectocervical epithelium. A new case of sebaceous glands in the ectocervix of a 46-year-old woman is reported. The lesions were unexpectedly found in a hysterectomy specimen. The procedure was carried out for multiple leiomyomas of the uterine corpus. Histological examination revealed three mature sebaceous glands located distally to the transformation zone, which opened directly onto the surface epithelium. It could be concluded that sebaceous glands in the ectocervix are rare lesions of unclear origin and low clinical significance. However, the glands could potentially be associated with sebaceous carcinoma of that anatomical site.

Abstract

Sebaceous glands have been extremely rare findings in the female genital system. Excluding the vulva and recent findings, very few cases have been described. The origin of the lesions remains a topic of speculation. However, it appears that prolonged irritation induces a metaplastic response in the ectocervical epithelium. A new case of sebaceous glands in the ectocervix of a 46-year-old woman is reported. The lesions were unexpectedly found in a hysterectomy specimen. The procedure was carried out for multiple leiomyomas of the uterine corpus. Histological examination revealed three mature sebaceous glands located distally to the transformation zone, which opened directly onto the surface epithelium. It could be concluded that sebaceous glands in the ectocervix are rare lesions of unclear origin and low clinical significance. However, the glands could potentially be associated with sebaceous carcinoma of that anatomical site.
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Keywords

sebaceous metaplasia; ectocervix

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Title

Sebaceous glands - unusual histological finding in the uterine cervix

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 68, No 4 (2009)

Pages

287-289

Published online

2009-11-26

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2009;68(4):287-289.

Keywords

sebaceous metaplasia
ectocervix

Authors

J. Szumiło
A. Patel
S. Patel
F. Burdan

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