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Post-trachelectomy cytology

A report in the current issue of Diagnostic Cytopathology (13th Feb 2009) suggests the use of hrHPV testing for triaging abnormal cytology in post-trachelectomy specimens. Of 9 patients studied, 4 had intermittent or persistent abnormal cytology following trachelectomy. All patients with abnormal cytology went on to have benign biopsies, giving a false abnormal rate of 44%. A strong case for hrHPV testing in these patients then.