Cytology and Human Papillomavirus Screening Test Results Associated With 2827 Histopathologic Diagnoses of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia 2/3

From the Department of Pathology, Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Drs Zhao, Amin, Kanbour-Shakir, and Austin
Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine (Impact Factor: 2.84). 10/2012; 137(7). DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2012-0307-OA
Source: PubMed


Context.-Cervical screening in the United States increasingly involves newer US Food and Drug Administration-approved cytologic methods and adjunctive high-risk (hr) human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing. Objective.-To document cervical screening test performance preceding histopathologic cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 2/3 diagnoses. Design.-Preceding screening test results with computer-imaged, liquid-based cytology (LBC) and hrHPV results were analyzed for 2827 patients with histopathologic CIN 2/3 diagnoses. Results.-Of 2827 patients with CIN 2/3 diagnoses, 2074 (73.4%) had system LBC findings within 4 months of CIN 2/3 diagnoses: high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (n = 862; 41.6%), low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (n = 464; 22.4%), atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (n = 445; 21.5%), atypical squamous cells, cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (n = 288; 13.9%), and atypical glandular cells/adenocarcinoma in situ (n = 15; 0.7%). Of the 2827 patients, 1488 (52.6%) also had earlier system LBC results at more than 4 months to 3 years before CIN 2/3 diagnoses: one or more abnormal LBC results (n = 978; 65.7%), one or more negative LBC results (n = 911; 61.2%), both abnormal and negative LBC (n = 401; 26.9%). Of 807 patients with hrHPV cotest results within 4 months of CIN 2/3 diagnoses, 786 (97.4%) had hrHPV(+) results. Of 454 patients also had earlier hrHPV results at more than 4 months to 3 years before CIN 2/3 diagnoses: 377 (83.0%) had one or more hrHPV(+) result, 110 (24.2%) had one or more hrHPV(-) result, and 33 (7.3%) had both positive and negative HPV results. Conclusion.-Patients with histopathologic CIN 2/3 had recent abnormal LBC results, most often, high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions. Among cotested patients, 97.4% (786 of 807) tested hrHPV(+). However, a significant number of patients tested during an extended period of several years had earlier negative Papanicolaou or negative HPV test results, suggesting the recent development of some CIN 2/3 lesions and supporting the value of cotesting for enhanced detection of other developing, small, inaccessible, or nondiagnostic precursor lesions.

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