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Benign / non-neoplastic lesions

Florid ectopy

Reviewer: Farnaz Hasteh, M.D., UCSD Medical Center (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 17 November 2010, last major update November 2010
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● When the squamocolumnar junction is located outside the external os, the glandular mucosa in contact with the vagina is called ectopia, ectropion or eversion
● “Florid” signifies that the glandular mucosa is secretory


● Before puberty, the squamocolumnar junction is at the external os
● After puberty, due to hormonal changes, the endocervical mucosa is exposed on the portio vaginalis (red zone)

Clinical features

● The transformation zone is the site of SIL, when present

Cytology images

Florid ectopy

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