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Liquid-based cytology and its practicability in Bulgaria

Atanas Tsonev, Stefan Ivanov, Emil Kovachev

Abstract

PURPOSE: Our aim was to summarize the foreign and our own experience in screening the cervical cancer by using conventional Papanicolaou (PAP) smear and liquid-based cytology (LBC).

MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Varna, we examined 100 patients and compared the results from LBC with those from conventional PAP smear concerning different criteria as well as to test LBC practicability in Bulgaria.

RESULTS: There were significant advantages of LBC mainly due to the lower number of unsatisfactory results and higher specificity of low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (LSIL). The comparison with the results from foreign studies demonstrated the same tendencies and diagnostic values.

CONCLUSION: Our investigation proved the benefits of LBC in screening the cervical cancer. A much broader application of this method in Bulgaria was recommended taking into consideration that it was rarely used at presence.

Scripta Scientifica Medica 2013; 45(2): 66-69.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/ssm.v45i2.324

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Atanas Tsonev
Medical University of Varna
Bulgaria

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stefan Ivanov
Medical University of Varna
Bulgaria

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Emil Kovachev
Medical University of Varna
Bulgaria

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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