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Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2018;52(1): 61-63.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4132/jptm.2017.06.13
Liquid-Based Cytology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid in a Case of Cryptococcal Meningitis
Jiwoon Choi1, Se Hoon Kim2
1Department of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea
2Department of Pathology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Se Hoon Kim ,Tel: +82-2-2228-1769, Fax: 82-2-362-0860, Email: paxco@yuhs.ac
Received: April 30, 2017;  Revised: June 11, 2017  Accepted: June 13, 2017.  Published online: October 26, 2017.
Cryptococcus neoformans is the most common microorganism found in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cytology and causes life-threatening infections in immunocompromised hosts. Although its cytomorphologic features in conventional smear cytology have been well described, those in liquid-based cytology have rarely been. A 73-year-old woman with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma presented with mental confusion and a spiking fever. To rule out infectious conditions, CSF examination was performed. A cytology slide that was prepared using the ThinPrep method showed numerous spherical yeast-form organisms with diameters of 4–11 μm and thick capsules. Occasional asymmetrical, narrow-based budding but no true hyphae or pseudohyphae were observed. Gomori methenamine silver staining was positive. Cryptococcosis was confirmed in blood and CSF through the cryptococcal antigen test and culture. Liquid-based cytology allows for a clean background and additional slides for ancillary testing, facilitating the detection of microorganisms in CSF specimens, particularly when the number of organisms is small.
Key Words: Cryptococcus neoformans; Cerebrospinal fluid; Liquid-based cytology
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