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Creola bodies

Creola bodies are clumps of benign ciliated respiratory epithelium. They can be seen in spontaneously expectorated sputum of asthmatic patients, as well as in cytology preparations of bronchoalveolar lavage specimens. Cells in Creola bodies found in cytology specimens may exhibit atypia and mimic adenocarcinoma. The key feature distinguishing Creola bodies from malignant clusters is the presence of cilia (terminal bar).

Last updated: May 3, 2012, 11:11 am EST

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Creola bodies

Creola bodies
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Creola body in cytology preparation of a bronchoalveolar lavage specimen. Note the presence of cilia on the surface of the structure. (Diff-Quik, x400)