Cytologic features

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PubMed search: Syncytium cervix

Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Sheets of cells without well defined cell borders
  • May be due to HPV or HIV infection or have nonviral cause
  • May represent benign parabasal cells in postmenopausal women
Cytology description
  • Hyperchromatic crowded groups
  • Masses of cytoplasm without visible intact cell borders, nuclei have loss of polarity
Differential diagnosis
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