Cytology of the nasal mucosa

A comparative study between a replica-method and a smear-method
  • N. Mygind
  • J. Thomsen


Cytological examination of the nasal mucosa has been performed in normal persons and in patients with perennial rhinitis. A replica-method and a smear-method have been evaluated. By blinded examination of the slides no difference could be demonstrated between the two groups with the replica-method, whereas it was possible in the nasal smears to show that patients with perennial rhinitis had a significant increase of the number of epithelial cells, eosinophilic leucocytes and mast cells. It is concluded that the smear-method is the most suitable for cytological examination of the nasal mucosa.


Public Health Epithelial Cell Mast Cell Rhinitis Mast 
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Bei Normalpersonen und bei Patienten mit Dauerschnupfen wurde die Nasenschleimhaut cytologisch mit der Abdruck- und der Ausstrichmethode untersucht. Bei Inspektion der Präparate ohne Kenntnis des angewandten Verfahrens konnten bei der Abdruckmethode keine Unterschiede zwischen beiden Gruppen festgestellt werden, dagegen zeigten die Ausstriche bei Patienten mit dauernder Rhinitis eine deutliche Vermehrung der Epithelzellen, der eosinophilen Leukocyten und der Mastzellen. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, daß die Ausstrichmethode das geeignete Verfahren zur cytologischen Untersuchung der Nasenschleimhaut darstellt.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Mygind
    • 1
  • J. Thomsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department and Medical Out-patients' Clinic, Division for Allergic DiseasesOtopathological Laboratory, University ENTRigshospitalet, Copenhagen ØDenmark

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