RUI LUZZATTO, M.D.; SONIA R. MACIEL, C.T.
To the editor: In a letter published in 1974, Dr. Prolla reported finding Curschmann spirals in cervical smears of six patients and suggested a relation to a systemic effect of cigarette smoking. We have found spirals in 8 of 9474 consecutive cervical smears. The youngest of the 8 patients was 20 years old and the oldest, 34. Two of the patients were moderate smokers, but 6 had never smoked. All 8 had a history of allergy to foods or drugs or a contact type of dermatitis. None had ever had bronchial asthma.
These findings confirm Dr. Prolla's statement that Curschmann
LUZZATTO R, MACIEL SR. Curschmann Spirals in the Vagina. Ann Intern Med. ;99:278–279. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-2-278_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(2):278-279.
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