cytologic atypia

Cytologic atypia

What does cytologic atypia mean? Pathologists use the term cytologic atypia to describe cells that look abnormal when examined under a microscope. Cells may be described as showing cytologic atypia because of their shape, size, or colour. These changes can affect the cytoplasm (body) of the cell or the nucleus (the part of the cell …
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What does atypical mean? Atypical is a word pathologists use to describe cells that look abnormal either in shape, colour, or size compared to normal, healthy cells in the same location. Pathologists may also describe these changes as cytologic atypia. What causes a cell to become atypical? There are many reasons why cells may start to look …
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