tadpole cellJoe Segen2016-11-14T11:53:38+00:00
Definition A popular term for an uncommon epithelial cell seen in cytology preparations of squamous cell carcinomas–e.g., of the uterine cervix, urinary bladder, lung, etc, which is elongated and club-shaped at one end that tapers to a
bronchoalveolar lavage specimen with tadpole cell from squamous cell carcinoma
narrow elongated opposite end, and has an eccentric, rounded hyperchromatic nucleus or nuclei within often keratinised cytoplasm; similar cells may rarely be seen in multiple myeloma.
Spindled cells tapered at both ends may also be seen in squamous cell carcinomas of the uterine cervix, lungs and elsewhere.