Widespread lymph node metastases in a young woman with FIGO stage IA1 squamous cervical cancer

Peter A. Argenta, Gregory J. Kubicek, Kathryn E. Dusenberry, Patricia L. Judson, Levi S. Downs, Linda F. Carson, Matthew P. Boente

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Background. Lymphatic and hematologic metastases are rare in microinvasive cervical cancers (FIGO stage IA1), supporting a role for conservative treatment. Cervical conization followed by prolonged surveillance is an accepted treatment in patients with low-risk features and negative surgical margins. This option is particularly appealing for younger or nulliparous patients, in whom fertility may be highly desired. Case. We report a case of a 22-year-old, HIV-negative female with stage IA1 squamous cell cervical carcinoma who was found to have bilateral lymph node metastases in both pelvic and para-aortic distributions after electing to undergo hysterectomy. Conclusion. Clinicians treating patients with microinvasive cervical cancer conservatively must be aware of the possibility of lymph node involvement and should consider radiological imaging to look for metastatic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-661
Number of pages3
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005


  • Cervical cancer
  • Lymph nodes
  • Metastatic
  • Microinvasive


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