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Acta Cytol. 1988 May-Jun;32(3):307-10.

A comparison between the Accu-Pap device and the extended-tip wooden Ayre spatula for cervical cytology sampling.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Virginia.


The wooden Ayre spatula with an extended endocervical tip was compared with both designs of the plastic Accu-Pap sampler in two series of 100 consecutive patients to compare their adequacy in obtaining samples for cervical cytology. There was no significant advantage noted in the smears taken by either spatula. In terms of the sequence of smears, the second smear generally contained more endocervical cells and less often showed an absence of diagnostic cells.

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