Cervex brush versus vaginal-cervical-endocervical (VCE) triple smear techniques in cervical sampling

Cytopathology. 1997 Aug;8(4):282-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2303.1997.5582055.x.


Cervex brush sampling was compared with the conventional triple vaginal-cervical-endocervical (VCE) smear technique. Nine hundred and fifty-nine Cervex brush smears and 1064 VCE smears were studied. All smears with both methods were technically satisfactory for evaluation. Endocervical cells were found in 90.7% and metaplastic cells in 73.3% of Cervex brush samples and in 92.5% and 64.1% of VCE samples, respectively. There were significantly more metaplastic cells in smears from premenopausal women. Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (SIL) was found in three Cervex brush samples and in two VCE samples. High-grade SIL was found only in one Cervex brush sample. Benign cellular changes were found in 142 Cervex brush samples and in 144 VCE samples. Sampling with the Cervex brush is efficient, simple and fast and gives high quality cervical smears for cytological evaluation.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / adverse effects
  • Mass Screening / instrumentation*
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Vaginal Smears / adverse effects
  • Vaginal Smears / instrumentation*
  • Vaginal Smears / methods*