Papanicolaou Smear: An Update on Classification and Management


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Abstract

Current research has caused us to reconsider the factors associated with cervical dysplasia. New recommendations for the collection of cervical specimens, interpretation of the Papanicolaou smear, and patient management have also evolved. Research findings and a discussion of the classifications to be used when reporting the results of the smear are updated in this paper. Interpretation and nurse-practitioner management of the normal and mildly abnormal Pap result is included.

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