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Cervix-Cytology

Inflammation / parasites

Chronic cervicitis


Reviewer: Farnaz Hasteh, M.D., UCSD Medical Center (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 26 November 2014, last major update October 2010
Copyright: (c) 2006-2014, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

Definition
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● Formation of lymphoid follicles with germinal centers in cervix

Terminology
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● Also called lymphofollicular cervicitis, pseudolymphoma, follicular cervicitis

Epidemiology
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● More common in postmenopausal women with atrophic cervix

Etiology
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● 50-75% are associated with Chlamydia (DeMay: The Pap Test: Exfoliative Gynecologic Cytology; 2005)

Cytology description
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● Variably sized lymphocytes, mature and immature, tingible body macrophages and plasma cells
● Thin-Prep specimens show clumps (Cytopathology 2002;13:364)

Cytology images
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Various images


Thin-Prep

Differential diagnosis
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Lymphoma
● 3D clusters in liguid based cytology may mimic endometrial cells or HSIL

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