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The practical use of cytology for diagnosis in dermatology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20553359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Exfoliative cytology for diagnostic purposes is rarely used in Dermatology despite the rapid and reliable results which this procedure can offer in many clinical conditions. This simple procedure may prove advantageous in a wide range of skin diseases, including genodermatoses (Hailey-Hailey disease), infections (mainly herpetic infections, molluscum contagiosum, leishmaniasis), immune disorders (early oral pemphigus) and tumours (basal and squamous cell carcinomas, Paget disease, erythroplasia of Queyrat, and others). The specific circumstances where cytological examination provides a very helpful and practical aid to confirmation or exclusion of a clinically suspected diagnosis are briefly reviewed. Cytological patterns, along with some technical hints on how to take and stain Tzanck smears correctly, are described in connection with the diseases considered.
E Ruocco; G Brunetti; M Del Vecchio; V Ruocco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-06-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1468-3083     ISO Abbreviation:  J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-06     Completed Date:  2011-04-14     Revised Date:  2011-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9216037     Medline TA:  J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology © 2010 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Department of Dermatology, 2nd University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cytological Techniques / methods*
Reproducibility of Results
Skin Diseases / diagnosis*,  pathology
Staining and Labeling / methods
Comment In:
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2011 Nov;25(11):1365-6   [PMID:  21981342 ]

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