Abnormal Cervical Cytology: New Names, Familiar Smears

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PurposeTo discuss the newest 2001 changes in The Bethesda System of cervical cytology classification and management guidelines for abnormal Pap smears.Data SourcesExtensive review of scientific literature and consensus guidelines.ConclusionsDecision making about abnormal cervical cytology can be frustrating and controversial. It is imperative that nurse practitioners understand and practice the appropriate management protocol for cytological abnormalities.Implications For PracticeAlarmingly, many providers are unsure of management guidelines for abnormal cervical cytology. The information in this article offers providers a clear protocol for cervical cytology classification to facilitate the confident management of abnormal Pap smears.

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