Should smears in a colposcopy clinic be taken after the application of acetic acid?

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Conventionally, cervical smears obtained during a colposcopic examination are taken before the application of acetic acid. However, this occasionally precipitates bleeding and removes epithelium from the cervix, particularly in the presence of cervical pathology, making colposcopic evaluation difficult. This study examined the possibility of deferring the… (More)

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@article{Griffiths1989ShouldSI, title={Should smears in a colposcopy clinic be taken after the application of acetic acid?}, author={M. Griffiths and M. J. Turner and C K Partington and W. P. Soutter}, journal={Acta cytologica}, year={1989}, volume={33 3}, pages={324-6} }