Cervix - cytology
Normal cells / nonneoplastic findings
Transitional (urothelial) metaplasia

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Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.
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Cite this page: Hasteh F. Transitional (urothelial) metaplasia. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixcytologytransitionalmetaplasia.html. Accessed January 27th, 2020.
  • Also called immature transitional (urothelial) metaplasia
Clinical features
  • Predominantly in postmenopausal women
Cytology description
  • Clusters of cells with streaming, oval, bland nuclei containing longitudinal nuclear grooves
  • May have perinuclear halos and wrinkled contours
  • No / rare mitotic figures, no cilia, no crowding or nuclear atypia
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Transitional cell metaplasia

Squamous and transition (urothelial) metaplasia

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