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Laboratory differences in cervical cytology.
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PMID:  2058409     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This prospective study was designed to determine if there is a difference in reporting endocervical cells in Papanicolaou smears among laboratories used by an urban, academic family practice. A review of the literature found no studies comparing Papanicolaou smear results among laboratories with respect to the presence of endocervical cells. In this study, three laboratories evaluated a total of 140 Papanicolaou smears from women aged 16 to 83 (mean = 33.8) for endocervical cells. The presence of endocervical cells was reported for 88 smears (62.9%) ranging from 42/83 (50.6%) to 21/23 (91.3%) among laboratories. Results of an analysis of variance revealed a statistically significant difference in the frequency of reporting endocervical cells (p less than .001) among the laboratories. Analysis of covariance controlling for effects of several factors known to influence the outcome of Papanicolaou smears (age, days since last menstrual period, method used to obtain smear, and experience of clinician obtaining smear) failed to explain this difference.
C M Rutledge; R V van Wolkenten; J S Levin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family practice research journal     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0270-2304     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Pract Res J     Publication Date:  1991 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-07-30     Completed Date:  1991-07-30     Revised Date:  2012-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8208228     Medline TA:  Fam Pract Res J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Urban Population
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis*,  prevention & control,  ultrastructure
Vaginal Smears*

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