Carcinosarcoma of the Uterus Mimicking a Cervical Polyp: A Case Report and Literature Review

  • MO Tanimowo Department of Histopathology, University of Uyo, Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
  • EK Abudu Department of Histopathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • E Ekwo Department of Histopathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • AM Abassittai Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Keywords: Carcinosarcoma, Cervical Polyp, Malignant, Mullerian tumour, Hysterectomy

Abstract

Uterine carcinosarcomas are a group of very rare, aggressive biphasic often monoclonal tumours composed of both epithelial and mesenchymal elements. The prognosis of this tumour is poor and a pre-operative diagnosis via endometrial biopsy is often difficult. We present a case of uterine carcinosarcoma in a 61- year old woman who complained of spontaneous vaginal bleeding of two weeks duration with a protruding cervical mass. Total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy were performed on her. Histopathological and immunohistochemical assessments revealed a tumour which consisted of an admixture of both malignant epithelial and mesenchymal elements. Thus, it is suggested that clinician should have a high index of suspicion for this tumour whenever postmenopausal patients present with vaginal bleeding and discharge.

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Published
2019-07-20
How to Cite
Tanimowo, M., Abudu, E., Ekwo, E., & Abassittai, A. (2019). Carcinosarcoma of the Uterus Mimicking a Cervical Polyp: A Case Report and Literature Review. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN BASIC AND CLINICAL SCIENCES, 1(2), 203-206. Retrieved from https://chsjournal.org.ng/index.php/jrbcs/article/view/33