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WHO Classification of Tumours
Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Cervix uteri


Adenoid cystic carcinoma is characterized by cystic spaces filled with hyaline material or mucin and palisaded by epithelial cells. The neoplastic cells show nuclear pleomorphism and a high mitotic rate. Necrosis is common.
Cervical adenoid cystic carcinoma is rare. It predominantly affects women >60 years of age. Patients typically present with postmenopausal bleeding. Local recurrences as well as distant metastases are frequent. The prognosis is unfavourable

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Tavassoli FA, Devilee P (Eds.)
World Health Organization Classification of Tumours. Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Breast and Female Genital Organs.
3rd Edition
IARC Press: Lyon 2003