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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Aug;191(2):430-4.

Colposcopically directed biopsy, random cervical biopsy, and endocervical curettage in the diagnosis of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia II or worse.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Fontana, CA, USA.



The purpose of this study was to determine the relative importance of colposcopically directed biopsy, random biopsy, and endocervical curettage (ECC) in diagnosing > or =cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) II. Study design During a screening study, 364 women with satisfactory colposcopy and > or =CIN II were diagnosed. All colposcopically detected lesions were biopsied. If colposcopy showed no lesion in a cervical quadrant, a random biopsy was obtained at the squamocolumnar junction in that quadrant. ECC was then performed.


The diagnosis of > or =CIN II was made on a colposcopically directed biopsy in 57.1%, random biopsy in 37.4%, and ECC in 5.5% of women. The yield of > or =CIN II for random biopsy when cytology was high grade (17.6%) exceeded that when cytology was low grade (2.8%). One of 20 women diagnosed solely by ECC had invasive cancer.


Even when colposcopy is satisfactory, ECC should be performed. If cytology is high grade, random biopsies should be considered.

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