Cite this page: General. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixinflammation.html. Accessed October 22nd, 2017.
Definition / general
- At menarche, the ovaries produce estrogen, leading to glycogen uptake by cervix and vaginal squamous mucosa
- Shedding cells promote the growth of vaginal aerobes and anaerobes, leading to a reduced (acidic) vaginal pH, which causes metaplastic transformation of transformation zone mucosa from columnar to squamous in exposed endocervix
- Squamous epithelium overgrows columnar epithelium, obstructing crypt openings and forming Nabothian cysts
- Produces acute and chronic inflammatory infiltrate