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Expression of epithelial membrane and 3-fucosyl-N-acetyllactosamine antigens in cervix uteri with particular reference to adenocarcinoma in situ.
  1. T P Rollason,
  2. P Byrne,
  3. A Williams,
  4. G Brown
  1. Department of Pathology, University of Birmingham.


    The staining patterns obtained with antiepithelial membrane antigen (anti-EMA) and the monoclonal antibody to 3-fucosyl-N-acetyllactosamine (AGF 4:48) in the uterine cervix in intraepithelial and invasive neoplasia were compared to determine a possible role in differential diagnosis of reactive and neoplastic conditions. Both early invasive and in situ adenocarcinoma stained equally intensely with both agents and both antibodies stained diffusely tubal metaplasia, endometrial lined glands, and even occasional areas of normal endocervical mucosa. It is concluded that these agents are unlikely to be of use in the routine histological differentiation of glandular and squamous cervical dysplasia or neoplasia, but immunostaining with anti-EMA may help differentiate between reactive and metaplastic changes in endocervical glands and adenocarcinoma in situ.

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