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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1993 Feb;48(2):103-6.

A randomized trial of three methods of obtaining Papanicolaou smears.

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O.L.V.G. Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

In a randomized study three methods of obtaining cells for Papanicolaou smears were tested: the classical Ayre spatula, the Ayre spatula plus the endocervical cytobrush and the cervexbrush. Endocervical cells were identified in 67.8% of smears obtained with the Ayre spatula alone, in 89.1% of smears obtained with the Ayre spatula plus the endocervical cytobrush and in 85.6% of smears obtained with the cervexbrush. The use of the Ayre spatula alone for obtaining cervical cells for Papanicolaou smears is discouraged.

PMID:
8491328
DOI:
10.1016/0028-2243(93)90248-b
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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