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Normal cells / non-neoplastic findings
Reviewer: Xinmin Zhang, M.D., Temple University (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 14 June 2011, last major update August 2010
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Definition / General
● Most effective device for collection appears to be cytobrush and extended
(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
Various images Secretory cells Ciliated cells
Large clusters of cells
Liquid based cytology
Various images En face Tubal metaplasia
Cervix-cytology > Normal cells / non-neoplastic findings > Endocervical cells
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