Cervix - Cytology
Benign / nonneoplastic lesions
Florid ectopy

Topic Completed: 1 November 2010

Revised: 23 December 2019

Revised: 20 December 2018, last major update November 2010

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PubMed search: squamocolumnar junction [title]

Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.
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Cite this page: Hasteh F. Florid ectopy. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixcytologyfloridectopy.html. Accessed January 19th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • When the squamocolumnar junction is located outside the external os, the glandular mucosa in contact with the vagina is called ectopia, ectropion or eversion
  • "Florid" signifies that the glandular mucosa is secretory
  • Before puberty, the squamocolumnar junction is at the external os
  • After puberty, due to hormonal changes, the endocervical mucosa is exposed on the portio vaginalis (red zone)
Clinical features
  • The transformation zone is the site of SIL, when present
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