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Obstet Gynecol. 1993 Oct;82(4 Pt 1):569-72.

Comparison of the Cytobrush plus plastic spatula with the Cervex Brush for obtaining endocervical cells.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the effectiveness of the Cytobrush plus plastic spatula with that of the Cervex Brush for obtaining acceptable yields of endocervical cells in Papanicolaou smears.

METHODS:

We collected 309 smears over a 6-month period, 132 with the Cytobrush plus spatula and 177 with the Cervex Brush. About one-third of the patients in each group were pregnant. Numbers of endocervical cells in the smears were described as none, few, moderate, or many.

RESULTS:

Moderate or large numbers of endocervical cells were collected from 60.5% of the women in the Cervex Brush group and 65.2% of those in the Cytobrush-spatula group. The percentages were not statistically different.

CONCLUSION:

The Cytobrush plus spatula and the Cervex Brush sampling methods were equally effective in obtaining endocervical cells in routine Papanicolaou smears.

PMID:
8377984
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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