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Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Nov;100(5 Pt 1):887-8.

Lubrication of the vaginal introitus and speculum does not affect Papanicolaou smears.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, California 92555, USA. bharer@co.riverside.ca.us

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test the hypothesis that lubrication of the vaginal introitus and external speculum does not adversely affect Papanicolaou interpretation.

METHOD:

One hundred eighty-two patients presenting for Papanicolaou smears as part of their visit were randomly assigned to have either only warm water or a water soluble lubricant to assist speculum insertion. Cytotechnicians and pathologists were blind to the cohort from which smears were obtained.

RESULTS:

Two unsatisfactory smears were found among 93 patients with the lubricant and two were found among 89 using only warm water. No significant difference was found using the t test for continuous variables and chi(2) for categoric variables.

CONCLUSION:

Use of a water soluble lubricant on the vaginal introitus and external speculum facilitates examination with no adverse effect on Papanicolaou smear interpretation.

PMID:
12423847
DOI:
10.1016/s0029-7844(02)02168-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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