Cervix - Cytology
Normal cells / nonneoplastic findings

Author: Xinmin Zhang, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 26 April 2017, last major update August 2010

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PubMed search: Cornflake

Cite this page: Cornflakes. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixcytologycornflakes.html. Accessed October 16th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Distinctive appearance is due to evaporation of xylene before cover slipping with deposition of air on superficial squamous cells
  • More common on conventional than liquid based preparations
  • It can be reversed by returning the slides through xylene and alcohol to water then restaining and recoverslipping
  • Also called "brown artifact," cornflaking
Cytology images

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Contributed by Dr. Yao-Wen Liu, Kuo General Hospital, Taiwan