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Title: Cytologic evaluation of smears obtained by self-collection vaginal tampon.
Authors: K. Reowchopisakul
V. Linasmita
S. Srivannaboon
S. Suthutvoravut
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-May-1993
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.76, No.5 (1993), 260-263
Abstract: Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test is an established method of cervical cancer screening. However, most women in Thailand are still reluctant to undergo pelvic examination. A prospective study was carried out on the use of self inserted vaginal tampon to collect specimens for Pap test in 126 patients at Ramathibodi Hospital from September to October 1990. The tampons which were inserted overnight and removed by the patients themselves were smeared across a glass slide and immediately fixed in 95 per cent ethyl alcohol. Ninety-six point two per cent of the slides had adequate cells of good quality to be interpreted. The remaining 3.98 per cent could not be interpreted due to the lack of cells and poor cell fixation. It is concluded that the smears obtained by this method are satisfactory for cytologic evaluation.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 1991-2000

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