Small-cell carcinoma of the vagina. A clinicopathologic study.
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We report a case of small-cell carcinoma of the vagina in a women whose entire uterus, cervix, both fallopian tubes, and both ovaries had been removed 22 years previously. She presented with diffuse submucosal disease of the distal vagina with a possible soft-tissue component extending beyond the end of the vaginal vault. Extensive microscopic and immunohistochemical assessment established the diagnosis; treatment was initiated with chemotherapy, followed by local radiotherapy. To our knowledge, this is the first fully characterized case of its kind. We discuss the aggressive local behavior and the characteristics of gynecologic small-cell tumors in general.
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