Figure 5 cervix human HE x500

Figure 5 shows, at high magnification, portions of the gland identified in the rectangle in Figure 2. Note the tall epithelial cells and the lightly staining supranuclear cytoplasm, a reflection of the mucin dissolved out of the cell during tissue preparation. The crowding and the change in shape of the nuclei (asterisk) seen at the upper part of one of the glands in this figure are due to a tangential cut through the wall of the gland as it passed out of the plane of section. (It is not uncommon for cervical glands to develop into cysts as a result of obstruction in the duct. Such cysts are referred to as Nabothian cysts.)

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