DR ISABELLE CARTIER,ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR ISABELLE CARTIER,ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mild cervical dysplasia. Light micrograph of a section through cervical epithelium showing mild dysplasia (abnormal growth). The cervix is the neck of the uterus (womb). Mild dysplasia is classified as CIN-1 (cervical intraepethelial neoplasia-1). Cells in the squamous epithelium have undergone malignant changes. Vacuoles have developed around the nuclei (black) of the cells in the surface layer of epithelium (top). In this and the next layer the nuclei are abnormally shaped and enlarged. If left untreated these changes can lead to cervical cancer. Treatment is with removal of the abnormal cells. Van Gieson stain. Magnification: x650 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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