Identification of cytomegalovirus in a liquid-based gynecologic sample using morphology, immunohistochemistry, and DNA real-time PCR detection

Harmanjatinder S. Sekhon, Richard D. Press, Waldemar A. Schmidt, Mary Hawley, Anne Rader

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Abstract

The viral cytopathic effects of cytomegalovirus (CMV) are rarely encountered in conventional cervical vaginal smears and have never been reported in a liquid-based gynecologic sample (Sure-Path). We present results of a liquid-based gynecologic sample (SurePath) from an asymptomatic patient with classic CMV-associated granular or dense cyanophilic intracytoplasmic and intranuclear inclusion bodies with a clear surrounding zone. These inclusions were immunohistochemically positive for CMV. The patient also had human papilloma virus (HPV)-associated koilocytes that showed a unique perinuclear immunostaining pattern suggesting coinfection with both CMV and HPV. CMV amplification using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of DNA extracted from the liquid-based sample confirmed the morphologic and immunohistochemical findings of CMV infection. These observations suggest that a liquid-based preparation can be used to assess CMV infection morphologically, immunohistochemically, and by real-time PCR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-417
Number of pages7
JournalDiagnostic Cytopathology
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • Cervicitis
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Liquid-based cytology
  • Polymerase chain reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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