Precancerous Lesions of the Cervix

  • Thomas C. WrightEmail author
  • Brigitte M. Ronnett
  • Robert J. Kurman
  • Alex Ferenczy
Reference work entry


The histopathological classification of a disease should reflect both current concepts of its pathogenesis as well as its clinical behavior. Over the last 50 years, our understanding of the pathobiology and behavior of cervical cancer precursors has evolved considerably. As a result, the terminology used to classify preinvasive lesions of the cervix has frequently changed. Although these changes in nomenclature and the resulting lack of a uniform terminology have been an ongoing source of confusion to both gynecologists and pathologists, each change has actually reduced the number of specific pathological categories and has made clinical decision making more straightforward.


Cervical Cancer Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia Invasive Cervical Cancer Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma Glandular Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas C. Wright
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brigitte M. Ronnett
    • 2
  • Robert J. Kurman
    • 3
  • Alex Ferenczy
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PathologyColumbia Presbyterian Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Division of Gynecologic PathologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Gynecology, Obstetrics, Pathology and Oncology, Division of Gynecologic PathologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Jewish General HospitalMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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