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Cervix-Cytology

Normal cells / non-neoplastic findings

Endocervical cells


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
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● 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

Cytology description
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● 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

Cytology images
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Various images     Secretory cells     Ciliated cells


       

Large clusters of cells


   
En face


           
Tubal metaplasia



       

Reactive


Liquid based cytology

       

Various images          En face                    Tubal metaplasia


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