Adenoid Basal Carcinoma of the Uterine Cervix in Association with Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma: a Rare Diagnosis

  • Priya Pathak
  • Nadeem TanveerEmail author
Letter to the Editor


Adenoid basal carcinoma (ABC) is an unusual cervical tumor which is considered to be indolent in nature when pure [1]. Detected incidentally in postmenopausal women, pure ABCs do not metastasize [2]. Hence, it is important to distinguish ABC from aggressive cervical tumors like adenoid cystic carcinoma and basaloid squamous cell carcinoma. However, ABC can be found co-existing with a higher-grade cervical malignancy which alters the prognosis and treatment for these patients [3, 4].

A 65-year-old postmenopausal lady presented at the obstetrics and gynecology department with complains of foul smelling, blood tinged vaginal discharge for 15 days. She was gravida 5, parity 5 with no significant personal or family history.

On per speculum examination, a 3 × 3 cm growth covering both anterior and posterior cervical lips was seen which bled on touch. The bilateral adnexa, parametrium, and rectal mucosa were free on palpation. This was followed by a punch cervical biopsy which showed...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity College of Medical SciencesDelhiIndia

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