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Blaustein’s Pathology of the Female Genital Tract

pp 529-578

Diseases of the Fallopian Tube and Paratubal Region

  • Russell VangAffiliated withDepartments of Gynecology, Obstetrics, Pathology and Oncology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of Gynecologic Pathology, The Johns Hopkins HospitalDepartment of Pathology, Division of Gynecologic Pathology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Email author 
  • , James E. WheelerAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital


The Italian physician and anatomist Gabriele Falloppio provided the first detailed and accurate description of the oviducts in humans in 1561 A.D. and designated it the “Uteri Tuba” [88]. This organ was eventually named after him. Since that time, a wide variety of non-neoplastic and neoplastic diseases of the fallopian tube has become recognized, but it is only recently that the pathogenesis of fallopian tube carcinoma is beginning to be understood.