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Vagina Histology Overview

(Stain - Haematoxylin Eosin)

The wall of the vagina fibromuscular tube consists of 3 layers: mucosa, muscularis and adventitia.


  • stratified squamous epithelium (deep stratum basalis, intermediate stratum spinosum, superficial layers of flat eosinophilic cells
  • rests on a very cellular lamina propria (many leukocytes).
  • towards the muscularis some vascular cavernous spaces may be seen (erectile tissue).


  • inner circular and outer longitudinal layers of smooth muscle
  • bulbospongiosus muscle - (striated) forms an inferior sphincter around the vagina


  • adventitia bordering the muscularis is fairly dense and contains many elastic fibres.
  • outer part of the adventitia loose connective tissue with a prominent venous plexus.

Links: Vagina Development | Histology

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