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Normal cells / non-neoplastic findings

Navicular cells

Reviewer: Nat Pernick, M.D., PathologyOutlines.com, Inc. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 24 June 2011, last major update June 2011
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● 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

Cytology images

Various images

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