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Endometrial carcinoma

Ciliated carcinoma

Reviewer: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 2 October 2011, last major update October 2011
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● Rare subtype of well-differentiated endometrioid adenocarcinoma with good prognosis (Int J Gynecol Pathol 1983;2:1)
● May derive from complex ciliated metaplasia

Micro description

● Neoplastic glands composed predominantly or exclusively of ciliated cells with stromal invasion
● Minimal atypia

Micro images

Irregular glands invading deeply in the myometrium are lined predominantly by ciliated cells

Cytology description

● Ciliated neoplastic cells, intracytoplasmic ciliary cysts, complex epithelial stratification (Diagn Cytopathol 1997;16:78)

Differential diagnosis

Ciliated cell metaplasia: no invasion

End of Uterus > Endometrial carcinoma > Ciliated carcinoma

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