Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance: management patterns at an academic medical center.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Our intent was to compare the management of patients with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance on cytologic screening at an academic center to published guidelines. STUDY DESIGN We reviewed the management of 223 atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance cervical smears. Patients with a history of dysplasia were excluded. The time interval to and nature of follow-up testing was determined, and the influence of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance qualifiers and provider specialty analyzed. RESULTS Initial follow-up consisted of repeat cytologic examination alone in 94% of cases. Of patients with follow-up, 29% were retested within 2 months and 68% within 4 months. No conclusive differences in management were found by qualifier type or by provider specialty. Subsequent high-grade dysplasia was found in 2.6% of patients. CONCLUSIONS A discrepancy exists between published guidelines and actual management of patients with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance smears at this medical center. Patients often undergo follow-up testing at shorter intervals than those suggested despite a low likelihood of finding high-grade disease.

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@article{SuhBurgmann1998AtypicalSC, title={Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance: management patterns at an academic medical center.}, author={Elizabeth Suh-Burgmann and Terry Darragh and Karen K. Smith-McCune}, journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology}, year={1998}, volume={178 5}, pages={991-5} }