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Atlas Interpretation:
Interpreted image
Type of Preparation:


Adequacy Description:
Air Drying Artifact

Cytomorphologic Criteria:
Note pale, enlarged nuclei with indistinct nuclear features.

Explanatory Notes:
Air drying causes cells to flatten out on the slide instead of being fixed in a more round or 3-dimensional configuration. Extensive air drying may mean that a specimen is unsatisfactory (if >75% of cells show air drying). If less extensive, air drying may be mentioned as a quality indicator.

Note no epithelial abnormality is identified here.

See Also: thumbnail for figure ADQCPAIRDR40XC.jpg
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