Cervical disease in women referred to colposcopy following inadequate smears

Cytopathology. 2000 Feb;11(1):45-52. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2303.2000.00218.x.

Abstract

The aim of this audit was to determine if inadequate cervical smears are associated with significant cervical pathology. Case records for 52 women with three consecutive inadequate smears referred for colposcopy to the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) were retrieved. Sixteen women underwent large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) was identified in six cases. There were no cases of inadequate smears initiating the diagnosis in 100 consecutive women with invasive cervical cancer. Inadequate smears are associated with high rates of treatment for a low yield of CIN. To reduce morbidity associated with colposcopy it may be acceptable to repeat an inadequate smear after 6 months rather than arranging immediate recall.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Case Management
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / diagnosis*
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / epidemiology
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / pathology
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / virology
  • Colposcopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Medical Audit
  • Middle Aged
  • National Health Programs
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Papillomavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Papillomavirus Infections / pathology
  • Prevalence
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk
  • Specimen Handling
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tumor Virus Infections / diagnosis
  • Tumor Virus Infections / epidemiology
  • Tumor Virus Infections / pathology
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / diagnosis*
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / pathology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology
  • Uterine Cervicitis / diagnosis
  • Uterine Cervicitis / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervicitis / pathology
  • Vaginal Smears*