Cite this page: Cytology - Endocervical cells. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixcytologyendocervicalcells.html. Accessed August 17th, 2017.
Definition / general
- Most effective device for collection appears to be cytobrush and extended tip spatula (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2000;CD001036)
- Presence of endocervical cells indicates that the upper limit of transformation zone was included, so collection is adequate
- Usually columnar cells (2 mm) with vacuolated or granular cytoplasm, prominent cell borders, basal nuclei with fine granular chromatin and occasional nucleoli
- Often identified in strips or sheets with mucin production that may results in cup shaped nuclei
- Honeycomb appearance en face
- Ciliated if tubal metaplasia