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NILM: Trichomonas vaginalis

Cytomorphologic Criteria:
Trichomonas is a pear shaped, oval, or round cyanophillic organism. Nuclei are pale and eccentrically located. Eosinophilic cytoplasmic granules may be visible.

Explanatory Notes:
It is essential to identify one or more of the following- nucleus, eosinophilic granules, flagella (less often seen in conventional smears) in order to distinguish trichomonads from cytoplasmic fragments.

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