PMID: 6186110Nov 1, 1982

Skin imprint cytology in the diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. A preliminary report

Acta Cytologica
S E RosenE C Vonderheid


A study was undertaken to evaluate the utility of the skin imprint technique and the Papanicolaou stain in the diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL), to better characterize cytologic findings in CTCL and to establish criteria for the cytologic diagnosis of CTCL. Differential cell counts of 17 specimens, including 12 cases of CTCL and 5 of benign skin infiltrates, were performed. There appear to be some significant differences between the groups in terms of cellularity, number of cerebriform mononuclear cells and presence of mitotic figures. The skin imprint technique, using Papanicolaou staining, seems to facilitate recognition of diagnostically important cells. The usefulness of skin imprint cytology resides in its potential for diagnosing early lesions of CTCL when diagnosis by other methods may be difficult.

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