Cytologic features of squamous cell carcinoma in conventional smears: comparison of cases that performed poorly with those that performed well in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in cervicovaginal cytology.

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Journal Article

CONTEXT: Characteristic cytologic features have been identified that distinguish cases that are always identified from those that are sometimes missed in the College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytology Program for a variety of different lesions and preparations. OBJECTIVE: To compare the cytologic features of cases of squamous cell carcinoma in conventional smears that perform poorly and well. DESIGN: The cytologic features of 8 conventional smear cases of squamous cell carcinoma that performed poorly in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program were compared with 17 cases that performed extremely well. RESULTS: A total of 2387 individual interpretations were recorded. Of the 86 incorrect responses, 6.2% were for repair, and 0.8% were for Trichomonas. Cases that performed well were significantly more likely to have greater than 1000 dysplastic cells (16/17 vs 4/8, P = .02) and be keratinized (13/17 vs 1/8, P = .007). Obscuring inflammation and cell size were not significant. CONCLUSION: Conventional smears with a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma that were always identified were significantly more likely to have greater than 1000 cells and be keratinized than cases that performed poorly.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Renshaw, AA; Henry, MR; Birdsong, GG; Wang, E; Haja, J; Hughes, JH

Published Date

  • September 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 129 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1097 - 1099

PubMed ID

  • 16119979

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16119979

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-2165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1043/1543-2165(2005)129[1097:CFOSCC]2.0.CO;2

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States