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December 6, 1958

ESOPHAGEAL CYTOLOGY BY A GAUZE-SPONGE SMEAR TECHNIQUE

Author Affiliations

Pittsburgh

From the departments of medicine and pathology, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Presbyterian and Woman's hospitals.

JAMA. 1958;168(14):1871-1875. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000140033009
Abstract

For cytological examination of the esophagus, a small piece of gauze is rubbed past a suspected lesion by means of an esophageal dilator introduced over a rubber-tipped guide wire. Smears made from the material thus obtained contain large numbers of well-preserved cells. This facilitates accurate differentiation of benign from malignant lesions, since the probability of finding tumor cells in a case of cancer depends on the total number of cells sampled and correct identification requires cells in a well-preserved state. Except where esophageal varices are suspected, this method appears to be safe. No complications were encountered, and diagnostic accuracy was high.

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