Picture132 year old female with a cervical mass and bleeding..

What's the underlying condition?

A. Melanoma
B. Glassy cell carcinoma
C. Endometrioid adenocarcinoma
D. Dysgerminoma



 The correct diagnosis is B, glassy cell carcinoma.

The median age for this carcinoma is 45 years old and presents as a rapidly growing cervical mass and a barrel shaped cervix. The histology presents as a poorly differentiated variant of adenosquamous carcinoma characterized by large cells with cytoplasmic margins, “ground glass” appearing eosinophilic cytoplasm, large nuclei, prominent nucleoli and eosinophilic infiltrate in the surrounding stroma. Notable IHC includes positivity for MUC2 (intestinal type mucin). The etiology stems from HPV-18 infection. Patients tend to do poorly, though radiotherapy is associated with decreased risk of recurrence.


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 Contributed by Lea Novak, M.D.