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Predictive value of sputum cytology.
  1. J Benbassat,
  2. A Regev,
  3. P E Slater


    A 60 year old woman non-smoker with bronchial asthma of 6 years' duration, treated with aminophylline, salbutamol, and oral corticosteroids, was admitted because of increasing dyspnoea and productive cough. On examination she was in moderate respiratory distress with inspiratory and expiratory wheezes. Her chest radiograph was interpreted as normal. Two consecutive sputum examinations requested by a junior doctor reveal "malignant" cells.

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