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Introduction: Endometrial cancer is the most common malignant tumour of the female genital tract, Type-1 (endometrioid) endometrial adenocarcinoma is the pathological variant detected in the vast majority of cases, while type-2 (non-endometrioid) endometrial adenocarcinoma is less common but usually more aggressive and of high grade. Type-2 endometrial adenocarcinoma includes papillary serous and clear cell carcinoma, in addition to carcino-sarcoma (malignant mixed Mullerian tumours) varieties. Endometrial stromal sarcoma is a very rare type of endometrial cancer, representing only 0.2% of all uterine malignancies. The presence of mixed pathologic patterns of gynaecologic cancers is not a common finding. In endometrial cancer, mixed epithelial carcinoma is defined as a tumour composed of two or more different histological types of endometrial carcinoma, at least one of which is of the type II category, with at least 10% of each component. It is also called mixed cell adenocarcinoma. Coexistence of endometrial stromal sarcoma and endometrial epithelial carcinoma is an extremely rare finding. Patients & procedures: In the current study, cases of endometrial cancer were revised during a 24 months period of time (2016 & 2017). Six cases of mixed endometrial cancers were found, five of them had mixed adenocarcinoma (i.e. mixed epithelial carcinoma, Typ-1 and Type-2), while the sixth case had mixed type-1 adenocarcinoma and endometrial stromal sarcoma. All cases were subjected to full surgical staging, including total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, ascitec (or peritneal wash) sampling, total omentectomy, peritoneal biopsies and lymph-adenectomy. Discussion: It was noted that non-endometrioid element was predominant in most of mixed epithelial carcinoma cases (4 out of 5). The sixth case which was a mixed type-1 endometrioid adenocarcinoma and endometrial stromal sarcoma is one of the rarest pathologic combinations reported worldwide, and this one is considered the 6th published case up till now. Case number (5) had a very deceiving presentation compared to the aggressive nature of the tumour. The patient (65 years old) was presented with an acute attack of lower abdominal pain only. Pelvic ultrasound and MRI showed only endometrial polyp with minimal free fluid within the cavity, thin endometrium, no enlarged lymph nodes or myometrial invasion. Malignancy was confirmed after endometrial sampling then staging laparotomy was performed, where omentum showed localized areas of thickening with fine nodularity affecting the under surface of the right diaphragmatic copula. Pathologically the endometrial polyp was harbouring a high grade endometrioid carcinoma, while the serous element was arising from the remaining atrophic endometrium with very extensive affection of the lympho-vascular spaces and metastasis to the right adnexa Conclusions: Considering the rarity of mixed endometrial carcinoma (particularly combination of endometrioid adenocarcinoma with endometrial stromal sarcoma), this study adds a great value to other similar case reports in the literature in order to clarify the possible aetiology, pathogenesis, and clinical behaviour of this group of tumours.
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