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Cytological evaluation correlates poorly with histological diagnosis of vulvar neoplasias.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE
To determine whether cytological smears of the vulva correlate with vulvar biopsies of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasias (VINs).
MATERIALS AND METHODS
A retrospective chart review (1995-2000) was performed to identify cases of VIN and vulvar carcinoma and to correlate vulvar Pap smears with biopsy results.
RESULTS
Four hundred vulvar Pap smears were identified. Fifty of these patients had concomitant vulvar biopsies, and these cases constitute our study group. Twenty-two of these 50 women had biopsy-proven VIN or vulvar carcinoma. Only 7 (32%) of 22 patients with biopsy-proven disease had a vulvar Pap smear significant for VIN or vulvar carcinoma. The kappa statistic was 0.30 (95% CI=0.08-0.52), indicating poor agreement between vulvar cytology and biopsy results.
CONCLUSIONS
Vulvar cytological evaluation did not correlate well with tissue diagnosis of VIN; and thus, our findings do not support the use of vulvar cytology in the clinical management of VIN.

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  • Authors

    Bae-Jump VL, Bauer M, Van Le L

    Institution

    Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of OB/GYN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7570, USA.

    Source

    Journal of lower genital tract disease 11:1 2007 Jan pg 8-11

    MeSH

    Adult
    Biopsy
    Carcinoma in Situ
    Female
    Humans
    Precancerous Conditions
    Retrospective Studies
    Vaginal Smears
    Vulvar Neoplasms

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    17194944