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Morphological Differences between Liquid-Based Cytology and Conventional Preparation in Endometrial Endometrioid Carcinoma Grade 1 and Grade 3, and the Differentiation of Grades in Each Method

Authors
  • Odashima, Hirokazu
  • Yoshioka, Haruhiko
  • Ota, Kasumi
  • Goto, Yuya
  • Noro, Misuzu
  • Horie, Kayo
  • Watanabe, Jun
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta Cytologica
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Mar 02, 2021
Volume
65
Issue
3
Pages
227–234
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000512867
PMID: 33652432
Source
Karger
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Gynecologic Cytopathology
License
Green
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Abstract

Introduction: Direct smearing preparation (conventional preparation [CP]) has been widely used for endometrial cytology in Japan. In CP, sampling and screening errors are problematic. In liquid-based cytology preparation (LBC), the problems of CP can be solved. But there is a problem that cytological findings of LBC are different from those of CP. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the differences of morphological findings of endometrial cytology between LBC and CP, and the usefulness of the endometrial LBC to differentiate endometrioid carcinoma grade 1 (G1) from grade 3 (G3). Methods: Thirteen cases of endometrioid carcinoma G1, and 5 cases of G3 collected by the Softcyte device and prepared by LBC and CP (split specimen) were used. We focused on the following items: (1) the number of clusters per cm<sup>2</sup>, (2) the number of layers of clusters, (3) area of clusters, (4) perimeter of clusters, (5) roundness of clusters, (6) complexity of clusters, (7) area of nucleus, (8) perimeter of nucleus, (9) roundness of nucleus, (10) complexity of nucleus, (11) area of nucleolus, and (12) nucleolus-nucleus ratio (N/N). Results: Compared with CP, the number of clusters and layers of the clusters in LBC were significantly larger in G1. The area and perimeters of the clusters and the nucleus were significant smaller, and the N/N ratio was greater in LBC than that in CP in both G1 and G3. Regarding morphological differences between G1 and G3 in LBC and CP, the number of layers was significantly larger in G1 than in G3 in LBC and CP. The area of the clusters in LBC was significantly larger in G1 than in G3. The area and perimeters of the nucleus in CP and the area of the nucleolus and N/N ratio in LBC and CP were significantly smaller in G1 than in G3. Conclusion: In the endometrial cytology, it became clear that the cell image was different between LBC and CP and between G1 and G3. By microscopic examination understanding the characteristics of the cell image in LBC, endometrial LBC could be useful to diagnose endometrial carcinoma.

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