American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A disease of a gland, especially one marked by the abnormal formation or enlargement of glandular tissue.
- n. Benign swelling, scarring or enlargement of the lymph glands; a minor, low-risk glandular condition.
- n. a disorder of the glands of the body
“When the problems caused by exposure in the womb became known, DES daughters were advised to have annual exams with smears taken from the vagina and cervix, and those women with vaginal tissue abnormalities, such as adenosis, were found to have nearly 50% more auto-immune diseases than DES daughters without such abnormalities.”
“Recent studies show that DES daughters have a greater risk for a more common vaginal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.14 You may also have adenosis—columnar cells where the usual squamous cells should be—around the cervix.”
“Cervical “collars” or “hoods” adenosis do not have to be treated and may disappear after age thirty.”
“Although sclerosing adenosis, apocrine metaplasia, duct ectasia, lipoma, fat necrosis, and mastitis are scary sounding, they aren't serious and do not increase risk of breast cancer.”
“Fibrosis, Mastitis, or mild hyperplasia without atypia, ordinary cysts (gross or microscopic), simple apocrine metaplasia (no associated hyperplasia or adenosis), or squamous metaplasia were classified as controls.”
“Patients with lesions such as sclerosing adenosis, fibraoadenoma with complex features, moderate or florid hyperplasia without atypia, or atypical ductal or lobular hyperplasia were excluded from being either a case or a control.”
“Annual colposcopy monitoring may be recommended until any adenosis is healed, which usually happens by a woman’s late thirties; discuss this with your gynecologist.”
“Iodine staining (Schiller’s test) of the vagina and cervix can distinguish normal tissue (which stains brown) from adenosis (which does not stain).”
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