LEOPOLD G. KOSS, M.D.
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To the editor: I can confirm Dr. Prolla's observations (Ann Intern Med 80:674, 1974) that Curschmann's spirals may be occasionally observed in gynecologic smears.
The origin of these structures is not completely clear. In at least one such case, which I presented at the International Congress of Cytology in London in May 1971, there was a reasonable suggestion that the Curschmann's spiral found in the vaginal smear, was of extraneous origin: the patient's husband was known to be asthmatic. Smoking by patients probably has nothing to do with the occurrence of these spirals as proposed by Dr. Prolla. The finding
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KOSS LG. Vaginal Curschmann's Spirals. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:416. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-3-416_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(3):416.
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