Invasive endocervical adenocarcinoma: A new pattern-based classification system with important clinical significance

Andres A. Roma, Andrea Diaz De Vivar, Kay J. Park, Isabel Alvarado-Cabrero, Golnar Rasty, Jose G. Chanona-Vilchis, Yoshiki Mikami, Sung R. Hong, Norihiro Teramoto, Rouba Ali-Fehmi, Joanne K.L. Rutgers, Denise Barbuto, Elvio G. Silva

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A new 3-tier pattern-based system to classify endocervical adenocarcinoma was recently presented. In short, pattern A tumors were characterized by well-demarcated glands frequently forming clusters or groups with relative lobular architecture. Pattern B tumors demonstrated localized destructive invasion defined as desmoplastic stroma surrounding glands with irregular and/or ill-defined borders or incomplete glands and associated tumor cells (individual or small clusters) within the stroma. Tumors with pattern C showed diffusely infiltrative glands with associated extensive desmoplastic response. In total, 352 cases (all FIGO stages) from 12 institutions were identified. Mean patient age was 45 years (range, 20 to 83 y). Forty-nine (13.9%) cases demonstrated lymph nodes (LNs) with metastatic endocervical carcinoma. Using this new system, 73 patients (20.7%) were identified with pattern A tumors (all stage I); none had LN metastases and/or recurrences. Ninety patients (25.6%) were identified with pattern B tumors (all stage I); only 4 (4.4%) had LN metastases; 1 had vaginal recurrence. The 189 (53.7%) remaining patients had pattern C tumors; 45 (23.8%) of them had LN metastases. This new classification system demonstrated 20.7% of patients (pattern A) with negative LNs, and patients with pattern A tumors can be spared of lymphadenectomy. Patients with pattern B tumors rarely presented with metastatic LNs, and sentinel LN examination could potentially identify these patients. Aggressive treatment is justified in patients with pattern C tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-672
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgical Pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 28 2015


  • invasive endocervical adenocarcinoma
  • lymph node metastasis
  • new pattern-based classification system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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