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Diagn Cytopathol. 2009 Nov;37(11):836-8. doi: 10.1002/dc.21114.

Unusual microbial organisms seen in two cervical smears.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, McGill University and McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Very infrequently, unusual microbial organisms are encountered in routine cervical Pap tests. We herein report two such cases in two asymptomatic women. Case 1. A Pap smear of a 16-year-old-female showed rare glandular cells with cytologic features consistent with Cytomegalovirus infection. Case 2. A Pap smear of a 36-year-old female exhibited rare fungal organisms characterized by thin septate hyphae branching into secondary branches (metulae) which carried multiple flask-shaped philiades most consistent with Penicillium species that were "most likely representing contamination." We discuss the cytomorphological features and the differential diagnosis and provide a brief review of the literature on these topics.

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