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June 1970

Histopathology and Cytology of Oral Lesions of Pemphigus

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Oral Pathology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(6):635-641. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000060007002

Oral lesions of pemphigus are a common manifestation of the disease, and often precede the severe skin involvement. The histopathology of the oral lesion is invariably diagnostic for pemphigus. The oral cytologic smear is highly suggestive of the disease. Where a diagnosis with grave implications is to be made, as for pemphigus, all available diagnostic criteria should be utilized. These should include both the oral biopsy and the oral cytologic smear.

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