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BRITO, Moema Mignac Cumming et al. Tzanck smears: an old but useful diagnostic tool. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2009, vol.84, n.4, pp.431-433. ISSN 0365-0596.

Tzanck smears can be used for the diagnosis of cutaneous infections, autoimmune disorders and cutaneous tumors. To exemplify its use, we report a case of a female patient with pemphigus vulgaris whose diagnosis was confirmed by positive direct immunofluorescence and conventional cytology using smears obtained by scraping the cheek mucosa.

Keywords : Cytology; Fluorescent antibody technique; Pemphigus.

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