Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-19

Comparative evaluation of efficacy of swab sticks with detecta kits for adequate collection of cervical cytology smears

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow, India

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J S Misra
Sr. Research Officer (Cytologist), Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow
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A comparative study was undertaken to evaluate efficacy of sterilised swab sticks with commercially available ‘Detecta’ kits for collection of adequate cervical smears for early detection of cervical cancer. The study was carried out in 350 women each, in whom swab stick and “Detecta” was employed for getting ecto and endocervical smears. “Detecta” was found to be very effective in obtaining adequate samples from both the sites. The false negative cytology for carcinoma cervix was found to be only 7.2% in our series of cytological screening in 22,157 women in whom swab stick was used for taking ectocervical smears. Hence it is felt that swab stick can be continued to be used for routine screening considering its negligible cost and easy accessibility. However, If the patient can afford to purchase or in specific cases such as endocervicitis, ‘Detecta’should be used.

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