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. 1983;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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