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J Clin Pathol. 1976 April; 29(4): 313–316.
PMCID: PMC476054

Tuberculosis of the cervix: cytology as an aid to diagnosis.


Two cases of tuberculous cervicitis are presented. The presence in cervical smears of both epithelioid and Langhans' giant cells, which are described, should raise a strong suspicion of tuberculosis.

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