Cervix - Cytology
Benign / nonneoplastic lesions
Decidual reaction in cervix

Author: Marilin Rosa, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 1 May 2017, last major update June 2011

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Definition / general
  • Identified cytologically in 1/3 of patients with histologically confirmed decidual reaction (Acta Cytol 1981;25:616)
  • Clinical history of pregnancy is important to avoid misdiagnosis of dysplasia
Cytology description
  • Cells occur in aggregates or singly, have abundant cytoplasm, marked nuclear enlargement with finely granular chromatin and prominent nucleoli
  • Cell size is similar to mature squamous cells
Differential diagnosis