Ectopic decidual cell reaction in para-aortic and pelvic lymph nodes in the presence of cervical squamous cell carcinoma during pregnancy

J Surg Oncol. 1984 May;26(1):6-8. doi: 10.1002/jso.2930260103.


Bilateral para-aortic lymphadenectomy is routine prior to radical surgery in cancer of the cervix. A pregnant patient with invasive cancer of the cervix and ectopic decidual cell reaction in para-aortic and pelvic nodes is presented. A decidual cell reaction in frozen sections of para-aortic lymph nodes could be confused with metastatic disease. Pathogenesis of ectopic decidual cell reaction is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology*
  • Decidua / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Para-Aortic Bodies
  • Pelvis
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / pathology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology*