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Atlas Interpretation:
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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.

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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