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Description:This photomicrograph of a vaginal smear specimen depicts two epithelial cells, a normal cell, and an epithelial cell with its exterior covered by bacteria giving the cell a roughened, stippled appearance known as a “clue cell”.
Clue cells are epithelial cells that have had bacteria adhere to their surface, obscuring their borders, and imparting a stippled appearance. The presence of such clue cells is a sign that the patient has bacterial vaginosis.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ M. Rein
Creation Date:1978
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Links:CDC - National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention; Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention; Self-Study STD Module – Vaginitis: Bacterial, Diagnostic Methods
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