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From: Ectopic endometrium in human foetuses is a common event and sustains the theory of müllerianosis in the pathogenesis of endometriosis, a disease that predisposes to cancer

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Histological and immunohistochemical appearance of ectopic endometrium in four female human foetuses. Panel A: A 25 weeks foetus showing an endometrial structure in the recto-vaginal septum; in the inset named A', the immunohistochemical expression of CA-125 of this structure at higher magnification is depicted. Panel B: A 24 weeks foetus showing an endometrial structure in the proximity of the Douglas poutch; in the inset named B', the immunohistochemical expression of oestrogen receptor of this structure at higher magnification is depicted. Panel C: A 18 weeks foetus showing an endometrial structure in the rectal tube at the level of muscularis propria; in the inset named C', the immunohistochemical expression of CA-125 of this structure at higher magnification is depicted. Note that the epithelium of the rectum is negative for CA-125. Panel D: A 16 weeks foetus showing an endometrial structure in the mesenchimal tissue close to the posterior wall of the uterus; in the inset named D', the immunohistochemical expression of CA-125 of this structure at higher magnification is depicted. Note that in the wall of the primitive miometrium is present a little group of endometrial cells positive for CA-125 (indicated by an asterisk), that could represent a primitive nest of adenomyosis. Abbreviations used: an (anus); co (coccyx); dp (Douglas' pouch); re (rectum); rvs (recto-vaginal septum); sc (spinal column); ut (uterus); bl (bladder).

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