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Diagnostic Pathology 1/2019

Coexistence of endometrial mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma and endometrioid carcinoma suggests a Müllerian duct lineage: a case report

Diagnostic Pathology > Ausgabe 1/2019
Mitsutake Yano, Daisuke Shintani, Tomomi Katoh, Mei Hamada, Kozue Ito, Eito Kozawa, Kosei Hasegawa, Masanori Yasuda



Endometrial mesonephric-like adenocarcinomas exhibit classical histologic features of mesonephric carcinoma; however, it remains unclear whether these tumors represent mesonephric (Wolffian) carcinoma or endometrioid (Müllerian) carcinomas that closely mimic mesonephric carcinoma.

Case presentation

A 32-year-old Japanese primigravida presented with atypical vaginal bleeding. An endometrial biopsy suggested low-grade endometrioid carcinoma, and she was administered medroxyprogesterone acetate. Her tumor recurred 6 years later, and she underwent hysterectomy, salpingo-oophorectomy, and omentectomy, at which point she was diagnosed with mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma of the uterine endometrium. Retrospective pathological review of the initial biopsy confirmed coexisting low-grade endometrioid carcinoma and mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma of the uterine endometrium. On immunohistochemistry, the endometrioid carcinoma component was diffuse positive for estrogen and progesterone receptors but negative for thyroid transcription factor 1. However, the mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma component exhibited a mixture of estrogen receptor- and thyroid transcription factor 1-positive cells within the same glands.


We encountered a patient with coexisting endometrial mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma and low-grade endometrioid carcinoma, which was treated using medroxyprogesterone acetate therapy, resulting in recurrence of mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma alone. These clinicopathological findings support the prevailing notions that mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma is a Müllerian adenocarcinoma exhibiting mesonephric differentiation.
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