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Atlas Interpretation:
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Clinical History:
Routine pap smear

NILM: Keratotic cellular changes: parakeratosis

Cytomorphologic Criteria:
Squamous pearl comprised of miniature squamous cells with small pyknotic nuclei and orangeophilic cytoplasm.

Explanatory Notes:
This is an example of "typical parakeratosis" is a non-neoplastic cellular change as opposed to single or cell clusters that demonstrate pleomorphism of cell size or shape and increased nuclear size and chromasia ("atypical parakeratosis" or "dyskeratosis".

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