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Vaginal cancer

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Contributors: Christine Osborne MD
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Synopsis

Cancer arising from the vaginal epithelium without involvement of the cervical opening proximally or the vulva distally. Primary vaginal cancer is rare, with 80% of cases of vaginal cancer arising from cervical or endometrial metastases.

Risk factors for development of vaginal cancer include atypical cervical lesions, advancing age, and exposure to diethylstilbestrol leading to clear cell carcinoma of the vagina. There are a variety of different histologic types of vaginal cancer.

The most common presenting symptom is painless vaginal bleeding, typically in a postmenopausal patient. Other symptoms include vaginal discharge, pelvic pain or pressure, and urinary symptoms such as dysuria, urgency, and frequency. A minority of patients are asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis, with vaginal cancer detected at the time of routine pelvic exam.

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ICD10CM:
C52 – Malignant neoplasm of vagina

SNOMEDCT:
363445000 – Malignant tumor of vagina

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Last Updated: 09/17/2015
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Vaginal cancer : Pelvic pain, Vaginal bleeding, Vaginal discharge, Dysuria
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