Pemphigus vulgaris with subclinical involvement of the uterine cervix. Report of a case with persistence of abnormal Papanicolaou smears posthysterectomy

P. T. Valente, C. S. Ernst, B. F. Atkinson

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A case of pemphigus vulgaris is reported in which abnormal Papanicolaou smears continued prior to and after hysterectomy despite a normal pelvic examination. Microscopic foci of cervical pemphigus were found only in a retrospective study of the surgical material. Subclinical involvement of the cervicovaginal area with pemphigus, especially in a patient whose disease is apparently under control with steroids, can be a source of atypical Papanicolaou smears. The importance of careful colposcopic examination and clinical history is stressed for the gynecologist and cytopathologist, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-683
Number of pages3
JournalActa Cytologica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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