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


Clinical History:
Not provided

NILM: Trichomonas vaginalis and Leptothrix

Cytomorphologic Criteria:
Leptothrix are slender, long bacteria that may be seen in association with Trichomonas.

Explanatory Notes:
The finding of Trichomonas and leptothrix together has been referred to as "spaghetti and meatballs" The leptothrix should be distinguishable from Doderlein bacilli, that are normally seen. When leptothrix are seen, one should search for the possible presence of trichomonads. In liquid based preparations, the leptothrix organisms may tend to clump (as seen in this image) as opposed to conventional smears.

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