Which histologic findings are characteristic of bladder squamous cell carcinoma?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: E Jason Abel, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Histologically, squamous cell carcinomas are composed of keratinized islands that show various degrees of differentiation. Eccentric cellular aggregates known as squamous pearls also exist. Urinary cytopathology is less sensitive in detecting squamous cell carcinoma. Histologic tumor differentiation is less predictive of overall prognosis than it is for transitional cell carcinomas, although tumor stage shows a strong correlation with prognosis.


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