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J Reprod Med. 2005 Oct;50(10):793-5.

Adenocarcinoma of the cervix metastatic from a colon primary and diagnosed from a routine pap smear in a 17-year-old woman: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln, ME 04457, USA.



Carcinoma metastatic to the uterine cervix is very rare. The most frequent nongenital primary sites are the stomach and colon.


A 17-year-old woman presented to the office for an annual gynecologic examination. The Pap smear and cervical biopsy of a 1.5-cm lesion were positive for adenocarcinoma. Subsequent surgery revealed a sigmoid tumor with extensive abdominal and pelvic carcinomatosis. Following 2 cycles of ineffective chemotherapy, the patient died 4 months after her initial visit to the gynecologist.


To our knowledge, this was the youngest patient in the literature with colon cancer metastatic to the cervix. This case focuses attention on the diagnostic challenge posed by an incidental finding of a cervical adenocarcinoma in the presence of an asymptomatic primary tumor.

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