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Acta Cytol. 2008 Sep-Oct;52(5):563-7.

Clinical significance of atypical glandular cells by the 2001 Bethesda System in cytohistologic correlation.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. crlai@vghtpe.gov.tw

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  • Acta Cytol. 2009 Jan-Feb;53(1):121.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate incidence, cytology findings and pathology outcome of atypical glandular cells (AGC) in Pap smears according to the 2001 Bethesda criteria.

STUDY DESIGN:

From 103,073 consecutive Pap smears, 113 (0.1%) AGC cases were identified. Of these, 91 (80%) had adequate histologic evaluation included in this study.

RESULTS:

Abnormal histology findings were seen in 38 patients (42%). Final pathology results revealed 14 endometrial adenocarcinomas, 5 endocervical adenocarcinomas, 1 cervical squamous cell carcinoma, 1 endometrial stromal sarcoma, 6 other malignancies, 4 endocervical adenocarcinomas in situ, 4 cases ofendometrial complex byperplasia, 1 case of endocervical glandular dysplasia and 2 cases of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 3 with glandular involvement. Women with AGC, favor neoplasia, were more likely to have significant pathology than those with AGC, not otherwise specified, 74% vs. 33% (p = 0.002). Some characteristic background cytologic findings were also noticed in most cases of endometrial, fallopian tube and endocervical adenocarcinoma.

CONCLUSION:

A diagnosis of AGC is more clinically significant by the 2001 Bethesda System, especially the "AGC, favor neoplastic" category. Some background cytologic features are important because they are indicators of malignancy.

PMID:
18833818
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