Knowledge of gland-like inclusions in pelvic lymph nodes has existed since 1897. The histogeneses proposed to explain such alterations have included congenital rests, endometriosis, metastatic neoplasia, and mesothelial metaplasia. The correct interpretation of the lymph node involvement is important in order to institute appropriate therapy. In the present study, there were 12 examples of benign mesothelial inclusions found in routine sections from pelvic lymph nodes removed in the treatment of 337 cases of gynecologic cancer. In an additional 4 cases, an intraabdominal neoplasm was present. The variations in the histologic patterns are described as is the clinical course of the disease.
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