Cervix - Cytology
Benign cells / nonneoplastic lesions
Navicular cells

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Revised: 23 December 2019

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Variant of intermediate cells with boat shape
  • Associated with pregnancy or androgenic atrophy, due to progesterone in women (Cancer 2002;96:74), estrogen in men
  • Atrophy: parabasal cell predominance without superficial cells
  • Estrogenic: superficial cell predominance without parabasal cells
Cytology description
  • Ellipsoid (boat shaped) squamous epithelial cells with intracytoplasmic glycogen (golden, refractile, granular), folded edges
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