Cervix - cytology
Normal cells / nonneoplastiac findings
Endocervical cells

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

Revised: 22 August 2018, last major update August 2010

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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
Cytology description
  • 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



Liquid based cytology:

Various Images


Contributed by Dr. Marilin Rosa, University of Florida (USA):

Endocervical cells