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January 1941

CYTOLOGY OF THE GASTRIC CONTENTS, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO GASTRITIS

Author Affiliations

Fellow in Surgery, the Mayo Foundation; ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Division of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Surg. 1941;42(1):55-70. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1941.01210070058004
Abstract

Serious students of gastric surgery and gastroenterology are cognizant of the fact that there has been a recent revival of interest in cytologic examination of the gastric juice, especially with respect to gastritis. Naturally one wonders about the rationale of this procedure as a diagnostic measure, for, with the possible exception of microscopic study of the bile and the duodenal content after biliary drainage, such a procedure is not routinely used in the diagnosis of other lesions of the digestive tract or of mucosal lesions in organs more accessible than the stomach. However, modifications of such a method are used in clinical medicine. For example, in the diagnosis of cystitis the presence of pus cells in the urine is significant, just as the presence of numerous eosinophils in mucus or tissues is important in the diagnosis of allergic states. But since epithelial desquamation, as well as exudation, is characteristic of

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