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Atlas Interpretation:
Interpreted image
Type of Preparation:
Conventional

Magnification:
Low

Clinical History:
Postmenopausal woman

Adequacy Description:
NILM. Atrophy

Cytomorphologic Criteria:
Sheets of parabasal cells with slight air drying. Interpretation is NILM.

Explanatory Notes:
Atrophic parabasal cells can be confused with squamous metaplasia. The background and cell pattern may be useful in distinguishing the two.

Follow-up:
The transformation zone component may be difficult to assess in atrophy. In such cases, the laboratory may elect to make a comment about the difficulty of assessing the transformation zone component (does not apply for vaginal smears)


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