The analysis of carcinomas of the vagina for human papillomavirus DNA

Ronald S. Ostrow, Dawn D. Manias, Barbara A. Clark, Michio Fukushima, Takashi Okagaki, Leo B. Twiggs, Anthony J. Faras

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Invasive cancers of the vagina are relatively rare and often resistant to effective treatment. While studies on the more abundant premalignant lesions of the vagina and premalignant and malignant tumors of the vulva and cervix have shown a frequent association with human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA infection, lack of fresh tissue samples has precluded similar studies on malignant tumors of the vagina. Using mostly in situ hybridization, we have retroactively examined 14 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded biopsies of invasive squamous cell carcinomas of the vagina. We have found 21% of the samples to have HPV DNA. These findings confirm a role for HPV in malignancies of the entire female lower general tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-314
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1988


  • Carcinoma
  • DNA hybridization
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Vagina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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