Papanicolaou Smears of Atypical Glandular Cells of Undetermined Significance: Histological Correlations and Suggestions for Management

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We sought to correlate cervical and endometrial neoplasias with Papanicolaou (Pap) smears of atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance (AGUS) and to suggest management.

Materials and Methods

One hundred seventy-one patients with AGUS Pap smears were followed prospectively with colposcopy, biopsies, endocervical curettage, and endometrial biopsies.


One hundred twelve patients (65%) with AGUS Pap smears favoring reactive changes were found to harbor 13 preinvasive and invasive cervical squamous neoplasias and 1 ovarian sarcoma (total, 12.5% of patients with smears). Fifty-nine patients (35%) with AGUS Pap smears favoring neoplastic changes harbored 25 preinvasive and invasive squamous and glandular cervical and endometrial neoplasias (42.3%).


In the presence of an AGUS Pap smear favoring reactive changes, colposcopy, biopsies, and endocervical curettage should be performed. Endometrial biopsy should be added when AGUS Pap smear favors neoplasia.

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