Outpatient evaluation of patients with atypical Papanicolaou smears: Contribution of endocervical curettage

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  • A series of 603 patients referred with atypical Papanicolaou smears was evaluated by repeat smears, colposcopically directed cervical biopsies, and endocervical curettage. These techniques as a unit can establish an accurate outpatient diagnosis superior to any of these modalities used alone and comparable with findings in conization and hysterectomy specimens. Endocervical curettage has made a unique contribution to the evaluation of such patients; these curettings have allowed examination of tissue fragments and are more reliable in diagnosing neoplasia than are endocervical smears. Invasive carcinoma and its precursors confined to the anatomic endocervical canal can be recognized by this technique, and conversely the absence of neoplastic epithelium in adequate endocervical curettings rules out occult carcinoma. Indications for conization of the cervix are discussed in reference to the other biopsy and cytologic findings, and guidelines are presented for patient management, stressing clinicopathologic correlation and cooperation. © 1976.
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  • Shingleton HM; Gore H; Austin JM
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  • 122
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  • 128
  • Volume

  • 126
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  • 1