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Atypia / premalignant / preinvasive lesions

Radiation atypia

Reviewer: Marilin Rosa, M.D., University of Florida (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 8 June 2011, last major update June 2011
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● Severe changes less than carcinoma
● Clinical history is important

Cytology description

● Usually low cellularity
● Multinucleated giant cells, large atypical cells with marked cytoplasmic vacuoles
● Intermediate parabasal cells have nuclear enlargement 2.5 to 3.0x normal, but with low N/C ratio due to increased cytoplasm
● Chromatin is smudgy or finely granular
● Prominent nucleoli
● Smear also shows endothelial cells and macrophages (Diagn Cytopathol 1995;13:107), but clean background

Cytology images

Various images

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