Glassy cell carcinoma of the cervix

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Glassy cell carcinoma of the cervix
Other names: Glassy cell carcinoma
Micrograph of a glassy cell carcinoma of the cervix. H&E stain.

Glassy cell carcinoma of the cervix, also glassy cell carcinoma, is a rare aggressive malignant tumour of the uterine cervix.[1] The tumour gets its name from its microscopic appearance; its cytoplasm has a glass-like appearance.

Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms are similar to other cervical cancers and may include post-coital bleeding and/or pain during intercourse (dyspareunia). Early lesions may be completely asymptomatic.[citation needed]



The diagnosis is based on tissue examination, e.g. biopsy.[citation needed]

Under the microscope, glassy cell carcinoma tumours are composed of cells with a glass-like cytoplasm, typically associated with an inflammatory infiltrate abundant in eosinophils and very mitotically active. PAS staining highlights the plasma membrane.[2]


The treatment is dependent on the stage. Advanced tumours are treated with surgery (radical hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-opherectomy), radiation therapy and chemotherapy.[2]

See also

Additional images


  1. Nasu, K.; Takai, N.; Narahara, H. (Jun 2009). "Multimodal treatment for glassy cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix". Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. 35 (3): 584–7. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0756.2008.00968.x. PMID 19527406. S2CID 23501330.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Deshpande, AH.; Kotwal, MN.; Bobhate, SK. (2004). "Glassy cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix a rare histology. Report of three cases with a review of the literature". Indian J Cancer. 41 (2): 92–5. PMID 15318016. Archived from the original on 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2021-10-09.

Further reading

  • Greer, Benjamin E.; Koh, Wui-Jin; Abu-Rustum, Nadeem; Bookman, Michael A.; Bristow, Robert E.; Campos, Susana M.; Cho, Kathleen R.; Copeland, Larry; Crispens, Marta Ann; Eifel, Patricia J.; Huh, Warner K.; Jaggernauth, Wainwright; Kapp, Daniel S.; Kavanagh, John J.; Lurain, John R.; Morgan, Mark; Morgan, Robert J.; Powell, C. Bethan; Remmenga, Steven W.; Reynolds, R. Kevin; Secord, Angeles Alvarez; Small, William; Teng, Nelson (1 May 2009). "Uterine Neoplasms". Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 7 (5): 498–531. doi:10.6004/jnccn.2009.0035. ISSN 1540-1405. PMID 19460278. Archived from the original on 2 December 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

External links

  • ICD-10: C53.0 C53.1 C53.8
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