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Intralaboratory quality assurance in cervical/vaginal cytology: evaluation of intercytologist diagnostic reproducibility.
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PMID:  9034745     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Diagnostic reproducibility and accuracy in evaluating cervical/vaginal smears were the focus of this study concerning intralaboratory quality control. A set of 120 cytological samples was evaluated by 15 cytopathologists whose experience ranged from 3-29 yr. The study report form was based on the 1988 Bethesda System. Intercytologist reproducibility (with respect to sample adequacy, epithelial cell abnormalities, and presence of cellular changes associated with HPV, Human Papilloma virus) was evaluated using the Kappa statistic. Poor reproducibility in defining sample adequacy was observed (K = 0.24). The agreement on epithelial cell abnormality definition was good (K = 0.64); the lowest reproducibility was observed for High-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion/cervical intraepithelial neoplasia HSIL/CIN II (specific K = 0.37) and Atypical cells of undetermined significance ACUS (specific K = 0.44). The agreement in detecting cellular changes associated with HPV was fair (K = 0.49). Diagnostic accuracy for epithelial cell abnormalities, assessed by comparison with a consensus reference diagnosis, was good (K = 0.74).
V Cocchi; D Carretti; S Fanti; P Baldazzi; M T Casotti; R Piazzi; L Prosperi; A M Morselli-Labate
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diagnostic cytopathology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  8755-1039     ISO Abbreviation:  Diagn. Cytopathol.     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-20     Completed Date:  1997-06-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506895     Medline TA:  Diagn Cytopathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
F. Addarii Cancer Institute, S. Orsola Hospital, Bologna, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cervix Uteri / pathology*
Epithelial Cells
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Papillomavirus Infections / pathology
Quality Control
Reproducibility of Results
Tumor Virus Infections / pathology
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis,  pathology*
Vagina / pathology*
Vaginal Neoplasms / diagnosis,  pathology*

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