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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 200-202

Uterine cervix cystic enlargement

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Centro Hospitalar Tâmega e Sousa, Porto, Portugal
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Centro Hospitalar Tâmega e Sousa; Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Date of Submission20-May-2019
Date of Decision29-Jun-2019
Date of Acceptance02-Jul-2019
Date of Web Publication16-Dec-2019

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Dr. Elisa Soares
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Centro Hospitalar Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Porto
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JMU.JMU_43_19

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Soares E, Freixo M, Coelho M, Costa F, Brandão P. Uterine cervix cystic enlargement. J Med Ultrasound 2020;28:200-2

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Soares E, Freixo M, Coelho M, Costa F, Brandão P. Uterine cervix cystic enlargement. J Med Ultrasound [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Mar 22];28:200-2. Available from: http://www.jmuonline.org/text.asp?2020/28/3/200/273279

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Case description

A 54-year-old premenopausal woman was referred to the gynecology outpatient clinic due to abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and sonographic suspicion of adenomyosis and leiomyomas.

Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging revealed an uterus sized 155 mm × 104 mm × 90 mm with three nodules in the uterine wall suggestive of leiomyoma; the biggest sized 72 mm at the right portion of the fundus and an agglomerate of cystic formations at the uterine cervix with a total largest diameter of 50 mm [Figure 1] and [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging – Sagittal view – Two nodules in the uterine wall suggestive of leiomyomas, thickening of the junction zone due to probable adenomyosis, and an agglomerate of cystic formations at the uterine cervix

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Figure 2: Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging – Sagittal view – Uterus deformed by leiomyomas and agglomerate of cystic formations at the uterine cervix

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The patient was submitted to total hysterectomy by laparotomy due to growing symptomatic leiomyomas. After removal of the specimen, the cervix was inspected – it was enlarged with multiple cystic lesions filled with mucous [Figure 3], [Figure 4], [Figure 5].
Figure 3: Surgical specimen – Enlarged cervix with multiple cystic lesions filled with mucous

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Figure 4: Surgical specimen – Uterus deformed by multiple leiomyomas and an enlarged cervix with multiple cystic lesions filled with mucous

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Figure 5: Surgical specimen – Uterus deformed by multiple leiomyomas

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This is a case of multiple uterine findings in a premenopausal woman with AUB and low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL) in cervical cytology.

As initial workup of AUB, ultrasound pelvic scan revealed findings suggestive of adenomyosis (the most probable cause of AUB) and leiomyomas International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics type 5, as well as a cervical big agglomerate of cysts with no vascularization. Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed all the findings and showed a big multicystic mass at the uterine cervix with a maximum diameter of 50 mm. Due to LSIL in cervical cytology, nonsatisfactory colposcopy, and the nonreassuring imagiologic findings, a loop electrosurgical excision procedure was performed confirming LSIL. At the end, total hysterectomy was performed because of growing and symptomatic leiomyomas.

The main differential diagnoses in this case are cervical tunnel cluster, endocervicosis, or malignancy, namely the adenoma malignum.[1] As there was little enhancement in MRI, the possibility of malignancy was considered. Pathological examination revealed multiple cervical cysts filled with mucous with no atypia or malignancy, forming a big cervical cystic mass, consistent with the diagnosis of cervical tunnel cluster.[2]

Nabothian cysts are collections of mucous localized at the uterine cervix. They are highly prevalent, benign, usually asymptomatic, and require no treatment. Usually, they are small, appear in a small number, and are detected during pelvic examination or imagiologic procedures as anechoic cysts inside the cervical tissue. Cervical tunnel cluster is a disorder of the uterine cervix in which there are multiple nabothian cysts that may form a giant mass and thus resemble other uterine masses. There are 2 types of tunnel cluster, the type A (noncystic) and type B (cystic). These lesions are present in up to 8% of women. As long as malignancy is ruled out and the definitive diagnosis of tunnel cluster is established, these entities require no treatment or follow-up.[3],[4]

Adenoma malignum, also known as minimal deviation adenocarcinoma, is a rare form of adenocarcinoma of the cervix that may appear as an anechoic uni- or multi-locular lesion, characterized by increased number of endocervical glands situated deep in the cervical stroma. Despite its appearance similar to a benign lesion, it may be highly aggressive.[5],[6]

Like adenomyosis, endometriosis, and endosalpingiosis, endocervicosis is an embryonic Müllerian disease, in which organoid structures are misplaced during organogenesis. It is the rarest of the four Müllerian lesions, and it is characterized by pseudoneoplastic glandular lesions and an irregular arrangement of glands, often cystically dilated and occupying the cervical wall and extending to the paracervical tissue. The few cases reported until date refer to a large multilocular cystic cervical mass.[7]

The definitive diagnosis is only possible with histological examination. The preoperative imagiologic and histological study is important, though, to avoid both the misdiagnosis of malignancy and the overtreatment of a benign disease and its possible sequela.[8]

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Castán Senar A, Paño B, Saco A, Nicolau C. Magnetic resonance imaging of adenoma malignum of the uterine cervix with pathologic correlation: A case report. Radiol Case Rep 2016;11:323-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Segal GH, Hart WR. Cystic endocervical tunnel clusters. A clinicopathologic study of 29 cases of so-called adenomatous hyperplasia. Am J Surg Pathol 1990;14:895-903.  Back to cited text no. 5
Yadav G, Rao M, Gothwal M, Singh P. Adenoma malignum diagnosed postoperatively in a case of fibroid uterus: Case report with review of literature. J Midlife Health 2018;9:219-21.  Back to cited text no. 6
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Lee SH, Park JW, Oh SR, Rha SH. Diagnostic dilemma in cervical endocervicosis. Obstet Gynecol Sci 2017;60:396-400.  Back to cited text no. 8


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