Invasive squamous carcinomas of the cervix have traditionally been classified into keratinizing, non-keratinizing, verrucous, warty (condylomatous), papillary transitional (squamo-transitional), and lymphoepithelioma-like carcinomas. The majority of these tumors are easily recognized. We present for the first time the pathological appearances of six cases of invasive squamous carcinoma with growth pattern simulating tangentially cut CIN 3 involving endocervical glandular crypts/clefts. In all cases initial diagnosis on biopsy and/or loop excision was thought to be CIN 3, perhaps with suspicion of early invasion. On further excision and/or on clinical grounds the tumors were frankly invasive. We propose the use of the term squamous carcinoma with "CIN 3-like growth pattern" for such lesions. This is in order to avoid misinterpretation as CIN 3 with subsequent inappropriate management of patients with this type of tumor.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Gynecological Cancer|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2000|