Ectopias of female genital tissues are a common event in routine pathology. Mostly they derive from paramesonephric tissues displaced during embryonal development or later. However, gonadal-, mesonephric-, or mesothelial-derived tissues may also appear in unusual localizations in and outside the female genital tract. They may be the source of benign and malignant tumors or tumor-like lesions. This review aims to provide an overview of possible tissue ectopias and to improve the developmental understanding of tumorous diseases of the female genital tract. Ectopias of primarily extragenital tissues in the female genital tract are also reviewed.
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