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Normal cells / non-neoplastic findings

Intermediate squamous cells

Reviewer: Marilin Rosa, M.D., University of Florida (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 24 June 2011, last major update June 2011
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● Predominate in luteal phase
● Presence of nuclear grooves is not associated with inflammation; in smears with neoplastic changes, is associated with HSIL (Acta Cytol 2003;47:421)

Cytology description

● Cytoplasm is polygonal, transparent, basophilic, flat/thin
● Nucleus is about the size of a red blood cell, is vesicular, round/oval; nuclear texture and size is reference for dysplasia
● May see cytolysis / dirty background, Doderlein bacilli

Cytology images

Various images

Intermediate cell and cluster of 3 metaplastic squamous cells

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