GILBERT B. BLUHM, M.D.
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To the Editor: It was a surprise to read the erroneous reference to "rheumatoid arthritis cells" in the recent article entitled, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Terminating in Heavy-Chain Disease" by Zawadzki, Benedek, Ein, and Easton (Ann. Intern. Med. 70: 335, 1969). I specifically refer to the comments in Figure 3 on p. 338. They state: "Rheumatoid arthritis cells, that is, granulocytes with inclusion bodies in synovial fluid." The phase-microscopy photograph shows the morphological appearance of an exudative leukocyte with a vacuolated (inclusion-bearing) cytoplasm. There is nothing at all characteristic of the morphological appearance of these exudative leukocytes to distinguish them as "RA
BLUHM GB. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS CELLS. Ann Intern Med. 1969;71:432–433. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-2-432
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(2):432-433.
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