Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


The cytology of rectal imprints of 105 control subjects and 79 patients with various rectosigmoid diseases has been studied. Our modified slide applicator was employed and found to be efficient, safe and easy to use. The cytological method has been more accurate than evaluation of the macroscopic appearance of the rectal mucosa only and therefore more efficient in the early diagnosis and follow-up of inflammatory bowel diseases. If used during routine proctosigmoidoscopy, it can help to determine the true incidence of proctocolitis in the population at large.