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The image on the right represents the result of a fluorescent antinuclear antibody (ANA) test. What pattern should be reported?

Note: (a) points to the nuclei of several interphase cells, the primary consideration for discerning the ANA pattern, and (b) indicates a metaphase mitotic cell. Observing the chromosomal area and cytoplasm of the metaphase cell may assist in identification of the ANA pattern.

Please select the single best answer