Cervical cytology: Evaluation of high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL)
- Annekathryn Goodman, MD
Annekathryn Goodman, MD
- Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Biology
- Harvard Medical School
- Division of Gynecologic Oncology
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- MGH Global Disaster Response
- Warner K Huh, MD
Warner K Huh, MD
- Margaret Cameron Spain Chair in Obstetrics/Gynecology
- Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
- Senior Scientist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cervical cytology became the standard screening test for cancer of the uterine cervix and premalignant cervical lesions with the introduction of the Papanicolaou (Pap) smear in 1941 . The incorporation of human papillomavirus testing to cervical cancer screening strategies has improved detection of cervical neoplasia and allowed further risk stratification.
Cervical cytology findings may be reported as atypical squamous cells (ASC), low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (LSIL), high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL), or atypical glandular cells (AGC).
Evaluation of women with cervical cytology with HSIL is reviewed here. Cervical cancer screening strategies and techniques, interpretation of cervical cytology results, follow-up of other abnormal cytology results, and management of cervical neoplasia are discussed separately:
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- RISK OF PREMALIGNANT OR MALIGNANT DISEASE
- RATIONALE FOR EVALUATION STRATEGIES
- Women ages 25 and older
- Women ages 21 to 24
- SPECIAL POPULATIONS
- Pregnant women
- Postmenopausal women
- Adolescents inadvertently screened
- Immunocompromised women
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