alexa Management of atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance pap smears: a reappraisal.
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Gynecology & Obstetrics

Author(s): Van Dinh T, Haque M, Smith ER, Hannigan EV

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OBJECTIVE.: To find appropriate management of patients with atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance (AGUS) Pap smears. MATERIALS AND METHODS.: The authors present their findings on patients with 606 AGUS Pap smears based on colposcopy, cervical biopsies, endocervical curettage, and endometrial biopsy. Twenty-one proposed management schemes by other authors are reviewed. RESULTS.: From 606 AGUS Pap smears, 69% had benign findings and 31% had neoplastic findings. Among 29 patients with endometrial pathology, only 4 patients (14%) were <40 years old. All proposed management schemes were uniform in the use of colposcopy but differed on the selective use of endometrial biopsy. CONCLUSION.: An AGUS Pap smear requires colposcopy. We suggest endometrial biopsy for women over 40 years old and for women younger than 40 years old who have a high risk for endometrial neoplasia. Better-defined cytologic criteria from cytologists are needed.

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This article was published in J Low Genit Tract Dis. and referenced in Gynecology & Obstetrics

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