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Acta Cytol. 1985 May-Jun;29(3):403-10.

Pemphigus vulgaris and microinvasive squamous-cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix.


Although patients with disseminated pemphigus vulgaris may have involvement of the uterine cervix, such involvement is often detected only after vaginal discharge or bleeding. When a cervical smear is obtained, distinctive cytologic abnormalities may be observed; these may be attributed to the changes of pemphigus or to an associated reparative/inflammatory reaction. This study documents the first two cases of microinvasive squamous-cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix developing in association with uterine cervical pemphigus. The gross pathologic, cytologic and histologic features of these lesions are illustrated. The cytologic criteria that may be helpful in distinguishing between cells derived from microinvasive squamous-cell carcinoma and pemphigus of the uterine cervix are described.

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