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Description:This photomicrograph reveals bacteria adhering to vaginal epithelial cells known as “clue cells”.
“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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