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ABSTRACT: To determine the use of endocervical curettage at the time of colposcopy for low-grade cytologic abnormalities.
We conducted a retrospective chart review of women with low-grade Papanicolaou smears who had undergone satisfactory colposcopic examinations with identifiable lesions. We evaluated results during a 2-year period thereafter to determine whether endocervical curettage increased the diagnosis of high-grade dysplasia.
The study group consisted of 374 patients. Of these patients, 16 had endocervical curettages suggestive of high-grade dysplasia. Of these 16 patients, 4 did not have concomitant high-grade dysplasia identified on ectocervical biopsy. Therefore, 93 to 94 endocervical curettages needed to be performed to detect 1 case of high-grade dysplasia that would not have been identified otherwise.
Routine endocervical curettage at the time of satisfactory colposcopy for low-grade cytologic abnormalities with a visible lesion does not significantly improve the diagnosis of high-grade dysplasia.
American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 03/2012; 206(6):530.e1-3. · 3.28 Impact Factor