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"Cercariform" cells: a clue to the cytodiagnosis of transitional cell origin of metastatic neoplasms?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7587869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The "cercariform" cell is described as a distinct cytomorphologic clue that may be helpful in the diagnosis of metastatic transitional cell neoplasms, particularly low grade. This cell has a nucleated globular body and a cytoplasmic process with a nontapering, flattened, bulbous or fishtail-like end. The cercariform cell corresponds to intermediate cells in histologic and ultrastructural preparations of normal urothelium. The cercariform appearance is the result of pseudostratification of both normal and low-grade neoplastic urothelium. The unique features of cercariform cells make them readily distinguishable from neoplastic squamous cells as well as spindle cells of mesenchymal origin.
C N Powers; A Elbadawi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diagnostic cytopathology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  8755-1039     ISO Abbreviation:  Diagn. Cytopathol.     Publication Date:  1995 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-12-12     Completed Date:  1995-12-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506895     Medline TA:  Diagn Cytopathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, State University of New York, Health Science Center, Syracuse 13210, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / pathology*,  secondary*,  ultrastructure
Diagnosis, Differential
Epithelium / pathology,  ultrastructure
Middle Aged
Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology*,  ultrastructure,  urine
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