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Clear cell carcinoma

Reviewer: Marilin Rosa, M.D., University of Florida (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 7 June 2011, last major update June 2011
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● Recommended to obtain annual cervical and vaginal smears for DES exposed women, even after menopause (Gynecol Oncol 1999;75:338)


● Related to intrauterine DES exposure
● Not related to high risk HPV (Gynecol Oncol 2011 May 25 [Epub ahead of print])

Cytology description

● FNA shows loose, three dimensional clusters, sheets or dispersed atypical cells; atypical cells are large with abundant, weakly staining cytoplasm, round/oval nuclei with large nucleoli
● Pap stain shows a few tumor cells with clear cytoplasm and distinct cell borders
● Diff-Quik shows tigroid background and basement membrane material (Acta Cytol 2000;44:251)

End of Cervix-cytology > Carcinoma > Clear cell carcinoma

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