Cervix - Cytology
Normal cells / nonneoplastic findings
Blue blobs


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PubMed search: blue blobs

Varsha Manucha, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Represent condensed mucus, degenerated bare nuclei or precipitating hematoxylin
  • In postmenopausal women, represent parabasal / intermediate squamous cells with various degrees of degeneration (Acta Cytol 2000;44:547)
  • May have "string of pearls" appearance on ThinPrep in postmenopausal atrophy (Diagn Cytopathol 2010;38:233)
Cytology description
  • Dark blue, rounded, amorphous masses
Electron microscopy description
  • Cellular skeletons with residual tonofilaments enmeshed within a loose cytoskeleton matrix and nuclei with variable degrees of degeneration (Acta Cytol 2000;44:547)
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