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BACKGROUND Human papillomavirus infection with high-risk types (HR-HPV) is a necessary cause of cervical cancer, the most common malignancy among sub-Saharan African women. Little is known about prevalence of cervical HR-HPV infection in this region. METHODS A cross-sectional study of 1528 women examined the determinants of HR-HPV infection among women in(More)
We evaluated the feasibility and performance of visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and Lugol's iodine (VILI) for cervical cancer screening in a primary health-care setting in Kinshasa, Congo. Women (1,528) aged > or =30 years were screened independently by nurses and physicians by VIA and VILI and Pap cytology. Biopsy samples were obtained from women(More)
The aim of this six-centre, split-sample study was to compare ThinPrep fluid-based cytology to the conventional Papanicolaou smear. Six cytopathology laboratories and 35 gynaecologists participated. 5428 patients met the inclusion criteria (age > 18 years old, intact cervix, informed consent). Each cervical sample was used first to prepare a conventional(More)
The aim of this six-centre, split-sample study was to compare ThinPrep fluid-based cytology to the conventional Papanicolaou smear. Six Cytopathology laboratories and 35 Gynaecologists participated. 5428 patients met the inclusion criteria. Each cervical sample was used first to prepare a conventional Pap smear, then the sampling device was rinsed into a(More)
The value of "differential cytology" in the diagnosis of preclinical carcinoma of the cervix uteri was assessed from serial sections of operative specimens in a series of 452 patients. Although not absolute, this value was found to be considerable. Used to supplement colposcopy-guided biopsy, it makes it possible to decide on the therapeutic approach(More)
The therapeutic efficacy of benzydamine vaginal douche is compared with that of placebo in a randomized clinical study presently underway. A total number of 200 patients, grouped according to different types of vaginitis, will be included in the study. Preliminary results on 102 patients confirm the positive therapeutic effect of benzydamine.