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Vagina: The vagina is situated posterior to the bladder and anterior to the rectum. It extends upward and backward from the vaginal orifice to the uterus. The vagina is a collapsible tube, capable of great distention, composed mostly of smooth muscle lined with a mucous membrane of stratified squamous epithelium and connective tissue (stroma) arranged in rugae, which is ridges, wrinkles, or folds of mucous membrane. A fold of mucous membrane, the hymen, forms a border around its external opening in the virginal state. The regional lymph nodes are: Upper two thirds of vagina: common iliac, internal iliac, hypogastric, external iliac, sacral promontory, pelvic, NOS Lower one-third of vagina: superficial inguinal or femoral (unilateral or bilateral)

Alternate Names
Fornix of vagina
Gartner duct
Vaginal vault
Primary Site
C529 Vagina
Abstractor Notes
The most common histologic type of malignant neoplasm found in the vagina is squamous cell carcinoma. The usual spread of disease from the vagina is to the cervix, vulva, rectum and bladder