This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
To the Editor.—
Abortion-related implantation of fetal tissues into the uterus and perimetric tissues is known to occur, but abortion-related implantation of placental tissue has not been previously reported. We recently encountered a case of implantation of placental tissue into the cervix following simultaneous cervical cone biopsy and abortion. The patient was asymptomatic, and the implantation was discovered incidentally in a subsequent hysterectomy specimen.
Report of a Case.—
A 31-year-old woman was hospitalized in her eighth week of pregnancy for evaluation of cervical dysplasia detected by a Papanicolaou smear. She also desired an abortion. A cone biopsy of the cervix was performed and was immediately followed by a suction abortion. The cone biopsy showed carcinoma in situ. The endometrial specimen contained products of conception. A modified radical hysterectomy was performed ten weeks later.Several residual foci of cervical carcinoma in situ were found in the hysterectomy specimen. The cone biopsy
Rosen Y, Giannattasio CR, Boyce JG. Implantation of Placental Tissue in the Cervix: Complication of Simultaneous Cone Biopsy and Abortion. JAMA. 1977;237(8):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270350027012
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: