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Pitfalls in the Interpretation of Goblet Cells

Pseudogoblet cells

Columnar cells which have a barrel shape but which are alcian blue negative should not be interpreted as goblet cells. Often these cells have a pink hue to them as compared to the bluish tinge to goblet cells.


Pseudogoblet cell with pink hue.

Goblet cell with barrel shape and bluish tinge.

Pseudogoblet cells adjacent to true goblet cells.


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