Squash smear findings of spherical amyloid in pituitary prolactinoma: A case report

Se Hoon Kim, Sun Ho Kim, Seung Koo Lee, Tai Seung Kim

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BACKGROUND: Pituitary prolactinoma containing spherical amyloid is rare. Squash smear findings of spherical amyloid in pituitary prolactinoma are characteristic. CASE: A 25-year-old woman presented with a pituitary tumor. The intraoperative squash smear showed abundant, homogeneous, eosinophilic material with multiple prominent striations. The scattered atypical cells in the periphery contained an irregular, bizarre nucleus; coarse chromatin; occasional prominent nucleoli; rare cytoplasm; and prolactin immunoreactivity. CONCLUSION: The characteristic squash smear findings should be helpful in the diagnosis of this rare tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-450
Number of pages4
JournalActa Cytologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article was realized through two projects: “Ornithofauna of wetlands in Croatia” and Ornithological evaluation of biotopes in Croatia,” both financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Croatia. The authors thank those who participated in the project “Management of the Kastela Bay” and contributed background data for this manuscript, especially Prof. I. Onofri on soil and Profs. M. Bedalov and N. Segulja on vegetation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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