Cyto-colpo-histologic correlation: about an analytical study of 120 colposcopies

Tunis Med. 2016 Oct;94(8-9):616-620.


Problem: Cervical cancer is the second gynecological cancer Tunisian women after breast. This is a sexually transmitted disease including the role of HPV has been proven. Cervical cancer screening is possible due to the accessibility of the cervix with a speculum examination and implementation of cervical smear.

Aim of the work: To study the epidemiological and clinical data of patients, analyze the results of the Pap test, colposcopy and cervical biopsy staging are the lesions observed in colposcopy, compare the results of smears, colposcopy and cervical biopsy.

Methods: A retrospective analytical study about 120 observations of patients who underwent colposcopy and biopsy of the cervix over a seven year period from January 2006 to December 2012.

Results: The mean age of patients was 46.6 years. The mean gravidity was 4.99. The mean parity was 4.07. The average age of first sexual intercourse was 24 years. 95.83% of the patients were married. Four patients had multiple partners, 3, 33%. Eighty-one patients 67.5% were genital activity. Two patients had a history of pelvic infection is 1.66%. A history of repeated low genital infection were found in 20 patients, or 16.66%. HPV testing was requested for two patients. The genotypes found were 16, 35 and 53. The most common reasons were essentially pathological smears, pelvic pain and exploration of bleeding. The FCU was performed in 98 patients either in 81.66% of cases. The smear was pathological in 83 patients or 84.69% of smears. He showed: a persistent inflammatory smears in 64 women, or 65.30% of the cases, 6 ASCUS or 6.12% of cases, 13 cervical dysplasia or 13.26% of cases: 8 CIN1 or 8.16% of event; 1 CIN2 or 1.02% and 4 CIN 3, or 4.08% of cases. Colposcopy was indicated before an abnormal smear: In 83 patients either in 69.16% of cases. Colposcopy was performed in front of an abnormal appearance of the cervix in 37 patients. Colposcopy has concluded that: normal cervix in 28 patients or 23.33% of the cases, cervicitis appearance in 15 patients or 12.5% of cases, ectropion in 23 patients or 19.2% of cases, with TAGI 47 patients or 39.2% of cases, a TAG2 in 6 patients either 5% of cases, ulceration in a patient or 0.83% of cases. Cervical biopsy objectified normal mucosa in 19 patients, or 15.8% of cases. She objectified cervical metaplasia in 11 patients, or 9.2% of cases, ectropion in a patient, or 0.8% of cases, cervicitis in 56 patients, or 46.7% of cases, condyloma in 2 patients, 1.7% of cases, CIN 1 in 6 patients, 5% of cases, CIN2 in 4 patients, soit3,3% of CIN3 and in 3 patients, 2.5% of cases. FCU had a sensitivity of 60%, a specificity of 95.18%, positive predictive value of 69% and a negative predictive value of 93%. The sensitivity of colposcopy was 66% and specificity of59%. Positive predictive value of 18% and a negative predictive value of 92%. For high-grade dysplasia, colposcopy had a sensitivity of 85%, specificity 58%, positive predictive value of 11.3% and a negative predictive value of 98%. Cervical biopsy finds carcinoma in situ in two cases and squamous micro-invasive carcinoma in one case. The treatments were performed essentially a cervical electrocoagulation in 8 patients, a cone biopsy in 7 patients and post conization hysterectomy in 2 patients.

Conclusion: Colposcopy is a harmless and reliable examination to guide the cervical biopsy. Tracks smear, colposcopy and directed biopsy confirmed.

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Cervix Uteri / pathology*
  • Cervix Uteri / virology
  • Colposcopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Papanicolaou Test
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification
  • Papillomavirus Infections / complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tunisia / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / pathology
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / virology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology
  • Vaginal Smears