Clinical Associate in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School.
Adenocarcinoma of the vagina in adolescence. A report of 7 cases including 6 clear-cell carcinomas (so-called mesonephromas)
Version of Record online: 28 JUN 2006
Copyright © 1970 American Cancer Society
Volume 25, Issue 4, pages 745–757, April 1970
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Herbst, A. L. and Scully, R. E. (1970), Adenocarcinoma of the vagina in adolescence. A report of 7 cases including 6 clear-cell carcinomas (so-called mesonephromas). Cancer, 25: 745–757. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(197004)25:4<745::AID-CNCR2820250402>3.0.CO;2-2
- Issue online: 28 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Received: 23 SEP 1969
Seven cases of adenocarcinoma of the vagina occurring in young women 15 to 22 years of age are reported. Six sought medical advice because of abnormal bleeding, which was assumed to be due to anovulation. Hormonal therapy delayed the correct diagnosis, which was not made until vaginal examination was performed. Vaginal smears contained rare suspicious or malignant cells in 3 cases but were negative in 3 others, indicating that cytologic examination is unreliable as a diagnostic aid. Six of the tumors were clear-cell carcinomas, or so-called mesonephromas, and one was an endometrioid carcinoma. The frequent presence of vaginal adenosis and other evidence suggested that the clear-cell carcinomas were of müllerian and not mesonephric origin. Although the follow-up has not been long, radical surgery with vaginal replacement and ovarian conservation appears to have been a safe and effective method of therapy.