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Atlas Interpretation:
Interpreted image
Type of Preparation:
SurePath/ LBP


Clinical History:
Routine Pap test

NILM: Bacteria morphologically consistent with Actinomyces spp.

Cytomorphologic Criteria:
The center of this sulfur granule shows amorphous material, while the periphery exhibits thin filamentous bacilli radiating outwards. Branching may be evident in these bacilli (not seen here). Only a few polymorphonuclear cells are seen accompanying this particular colony.

Explanatory Notes:
Actinomyces is often associated with intrauterine device (IUD) usage. Organisms may alert clinician to look for evidence of pelvic infection.


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