Cervix - Cytology
Benign cells / nonneoplastic lesions

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Revised: 23 December 2019

Revised: 21 December 2018, last major update December 2010

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PubMed search: Neutrophils cervix [title]

Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Nonspecific finding, particularly if low numbers or during premenstrual and menstrual phases
  • Physiological or hormonal process
  • Infection (bacterial, fungal or viral) - are associated with and phagocytosed by trichomonas (Cytopathology 2000;11:326) and chlamydia (CMAJ 1998;158:41)
  • Physical (IUD)
  • Neoplastic or therapeutic
  • Idiopathic
Clinical features
  • Asymptomatic
  • Vaginitis
  • Pruritus and leukorrhea
Prognostic factors
  • Associated with benign reactive changes in squamous and endocervical cells
  • Can be seen in the background of dysplasia or a neoplasm
Cytology description
  • Multilobated, hyperchromatic cells; may have background of blood and necrotic debris
Cytology images

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Neutrophils and histiocytes

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Numerous neutrophils

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