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Adenocarcinoma of cervix - signet ring cell

Reviewer: Marilin Rosa, M.D., University of Florida (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 7 June 2011, last major update June 2011
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● Primary signet ring cell adenocarcinoma of the cervix is unusual - metastatic signet ring adenocarcinoma to the cervix is more common (Int J Gynecol Pathol 2007;26:254)


● Associated with high risk HPV

Cytology description

● Large secretory vacuoles push nuclei to periphery
● May have prominent nucleoli
● Note that squamous cell carcinoma may have distended degenerative vacuoles that resemble signet ring cells

Differential diagnosis

● Metastatic carcinoma from breast or stomach (Acta Cytol 2000;44:824)

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