Clinicopathological characteristics of fallopian tube metastases from primary endometrial, cervical, and nongynecological malignancies: a single institutional experience

Kiyong Na, Hyun Soo Kim

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This study was aimed at investigating the clinicopathological characteristics of tubal metastases originating from primary endometrial, cervical, and nongynecological malignancies. We performed a 4-year retrospective study in which fallopian tube tissues obtained from 60 patients with tubal metastases were examined. In addition, we compared the number of tubal metastasis cases detected during periods of representative or whole tubal sampling. Twenty-three and 37 tubal metastases were found in cases examined after representative and whole tubal sampling techniques, respectively. Four cases of microscopic tubal metastases were detected via whole sampling, whereas no microscopic lesions were identified via representative sampling. The metastatic lesions originated from 14 uterine (10, endometrium; 4, cervix) and 46 nongynecological tumors (21, colon; 15, stomach; 5, biliary; 3, appendix; 2, breast). Tumors were most commonly involved in the muscle and lamina propria (n = 17). We noted distinctive histopathological features according to the extent of mural involvement: fibromyxoid stromal reaction and lymphohistiocytic infiltration in tumors involving the muscle and subepithelial connective tissue, architectural alterations of plicae in those involving the subepithelial connective tissue, and intraluminal mucinous and inflammatory exudate adjacent to intraepithelial tumors. We observed distinctive histopathological features associated with tubal metastases according to the extent of mural involvement. In addition, we demonstrated that the sampling method used in the routine microscopic examination of the fallopian tube affects the detection of tubal metastases. Our data support the notion that it is more logical to thoroughly sample both the fimbrial ends and the nonfimbriated portions of fallopian tubes for all salpingectomy specimens in the setting of cancer surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-373
Number of pages11
JournalVirchows Archiv
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2016R1D1A1B03935584) and by a faculty research grant of Yonsei University College of Medicine for 2016 (6-2017-0036).

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© 2017, Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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