Human papillomavirus deoxyribonucleic acid in lesions of the female genital tract: Evidence for type 6/11 in squamous carcinoma of the vulva

Gregory P. Sutton, Frederick B. Stehman, Clarence E. Ehrlich, Ann Roman

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Abstract

Tissue specimens from 51 patients with genital condyloma acuminata or invasive cervical or vulvar carcinomas were analyzed for the presence of human papillomavirus deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) using the dot blot technique. Of ten condylomas, 80% contained DNA related to human papillomavirus 6 or 11. Sixty percent had evidence of DNA related to human papillomavirus 16, and 30% contained DNA related to human papillomavirus 18. Of 24 squamous cervical carcinomas, 58% had human papillomavirus type 16-related DNA, 33% had type 6 or 11-related DNA, and 4% had type 18-related DNA. Nine primary or recurrent vulvar carcinomas were analyzed. Seventy-eight percent contained human papillomavirus type 6 or 11-related DNA, 33% type 16-related DNA, and 22% type 18-related DNA. Whereas invasive cervical carcinomas predominantly contained DNA related to human papillomavirus 16 or 18, invasive vulvar carcinomas predominantly contained DNA related to types 6 or 11. Thus, human papillomavirus type alone cannot distinguish benign from malignant epithelial disease in the female genital tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-568
Number of pages5
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Volume70
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1987

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