clue cell


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clue cell

a type of vaginal epithelial cell that appears granular and is coated with coccobacillary organisms; seen in bacterial vaginosis.
A superficial squamous cell with peripheral clumps of gram-negative Gardnerella vaginalis, which imparts a stippled, granular appearance on a ‘wet mount’ of a cervical smear
Treatment Metronidazole

clue cell

(klū sel)
A type of vaginal epithelial cell that appears granular and is coated with coccobacillary organisms; seen in bacterial vaginosis.

clue cell

A vaginal epithelial cell, thickly coated with coccobacillary organisms. Clue cells are a hallmark of bacterial vaginosis.
See also: cell
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2,6) Presence of clue cells found in a wet mount preparation of vaginal secretions is a strong indication for BV.
Likewise, any two-criteria combination involving amine odor, clue cells, or elevated pH also had sensitivities and specificities that rivaled those of the current three-criteria requirement.
5 and the presence of clue cells seen in a microscopic evaluation of vaginal discharge.
Gram stains were considered positive if they demonstrated more than 10 white blood cells per high-power field or if clue cells, Gram-negative intracellular/extracellular diplococci, or T.
In addition to checking the pH and checking for clue cells, your health care professional may place a drop of 10 percent potassium hydroxide on a specimen and check the odor.