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Table 1 Comparison of different staining methods

From: Clinical comparison of liquid-based and conventional cytology of oral brush biopsies: a randomized controlled trial

staining method Giemsa conventional May-Gruenwald-Giemsa modified
used solution Giemsa’s azur-eosin-methylene blue solution May-Gruenwald’s eosin-methylene blue solution modified, Giemsa’s azur-eosin-methylene blue solution
staining cell nucleus bluish reddish - violet
staining cytoplasm reddish from bluish to reddish - violet
staining mucus light purple bluish
staining microbial colonies Pink to reddish reddish to purple
staining artifacts blue to purple blue to pink
staining background light pink clear