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March 1969


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Henry Ford Hospital Detroit 48202

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):364-365. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210118023

To the Editor.—  We wish to comment on Drs. Beck and Rowell's1 reply to our suggestion2 that failure to differentiate true speckles from "speckle-like threads" might be the reason why speckled fluorescence was seen equally frequently in SLE and scleroderma by Drs. Beck and Rowell3 whereas we found it almost exclusively confined to scleroderma4,5 and Raynaud's disease.2,6

  1. 1. Although we investigated various parameters such as length of storage of tumors before freezing and desirability of autopsy versus surgically obtained human tumors in our initial reports of the immunofluorescent tumor imprint technique4,7 we use only surgically obtained specimens which are frozen and/or imprinted within one to two hours of excision. We reported4 that autopsy material was less desirable than surgical specimens and, of course, agree with Drs. Beck and Rowell that autolyzed tissue should not be used.

  2. 2. The fact that different types of tumors are

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