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Spectrum of cytologic changes in pregnancy. A review of 100 abnormal cervicovaginal smears, with emphasis on diagnostic pitfalls.
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PMID:  7571968     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To review pregnancy-related changes in cervicovaginal smears and to distinguish them from neoplasia and dysplasia. STUDY DESIGN: One hundred consecutive abnormal cervicovaginal smears from pregnant women obtained during 1992-1993 were reviewed. Corresponding biopsies that were available were also reviewed for cytologic correlation. RESULTS: Sixty-one percent of cases showed inflammation changes, 21% contained low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, and 9% had high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion. Diagnostic problems were encountered with decidual cells, Arias-Stella reaction and trophoblastic cells. CONCLUSION: Both the clinician and pathologist must be aware of diagnostic pitfalls and false positive diagnoses in pregnancy. Hence, it is extremely important that the clinician notify the pathologist about the pregnancy status of the patient.
L R Pisharodi; S Jovanoska
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cytologica     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0001-5547     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cytol.     Publication Date:    1995 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-10-31     Completed Date:  1995-10-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370307     Medline TA:  Acta Cytol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  905-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, Wayne State University, Hutzel Hospital, Detroit, Michigan 48201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cervix Uteri / cytology,  pathology*
Diagnosis, Differential
Predictive Value of Tests
Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis,  pathology*
Vagina / cytology,  pathology*
Vaginal Smears

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