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Non-uterine gynecological sarcomas

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Sarcomas represent only 2%–3% of all female genital tract malignancies. Only 10% occur outside the uterus (vulva, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterine ligaments). The morphology of these tumors is sometimes confusing. Sarcomas are often not diagnosed before they reach a very advanced stage. A large percentage of sarcomas occur in very young women. Treatment is not satisfactory and the prognosis has remained bad despite the use of chemotherapy for some tumors (e.g. embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma). Improvements in diagnosis and therapy require pooling of experience and the establishment of an appropriate tumor registry.

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Leppien, G. Non-uterine gynecological sarcomas. Arch Gynecol Obstet 241, 25–32 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00931437

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Key words

  • Ovary
  • Vulva
  • Vagina
  • Sarcomas