Monday, November 25, 2013

Case of the Week 283

The following structures were seen on a bronchial brush specimen from an 83 year old male with a chronic cough.  The structures were moving when seen in a wet prep, and there was concern from the endoscopist that these were parasites.  The following photos are from the corresponding Papanicalaou stained cytology specimen.






















Identification?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cilliated Epithelial Cells?

Lee

Anonymous said...

Cilliocytophthoria.

Anonymous said...

Microscopic parasitic jellyfish? Just kidding. Looks like a nice case of ciliocytophthoria. We see this in our BAL's every now and then.

-BHS

Anonymous said...

Probaby, a few degenerating ciliated respiratory epithelial cells with attached tufts as well.

-BHS

Anonymous said...

Ciliocytophthoria. Is there an explanation for the unusual spelling?

Anonymous said...

Ciliated epithelial cells of the respiratory tract. Considering how many things we breath in daily, it is quite marvelous they sweep them out more efficiently we can imagine.

Florida Fan

tracey cowles said...

I want to know more about this. This is awesome and interesting. Are these things we breathe in?

tracey cowles said...

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