Colon tumor
Carcinoma
Glassy cell carcinoma


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Revised: 25 June 2019

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PubMed Search: Glassy cell carcinoma [title]


Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Cite this page: Gonzalez R. Glassy cell carcinoma of colon. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/colontumorglassycell.html. Accessed December 7th, 2019.
Definition / general
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Sheets of malignant cells with ground glass, finely granular cytoplasm
  • Enlarged nuclei with prominent nucleoli
  • Multinucleated cells common
  • Abundant mitotic figures
Microscopic (histologic) images

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From cervix

Positive stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Prominent rough endoplasmic reticulum
Differential diagnosis
  • Poorly differentiated colorectal carcinoma: glassy cytoplasm absent
  • Focal hCG positivity / production by other carcinomas: more common; other morphologic features absent
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