Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-92

Cytological detection of Candida Albicans During routine outpatient screening for early detection of carcinoma cervix

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

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J S Misra
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Cytological detection of Candida albicans have been carried out during routine outpatient screening of cervical smears at Queen Mary's Hospital, Lucknow. The incidence of the candidal infection was found to be 1.3% in the total of 28,805 women screened during 31 years duration (April 1971 - March 2002). The squamous intra-epithelial lesions of cervix (SIL) was seen in 8.2% of the candidal infested smears. However, majority of SIL cases (7.7%) were LSIL. The fungal infection was commonly associated with vaginitis and erosin cervix and vaginal discharge. As expected, the candidal infection was found maximum in women of high sexual activity between 21-30 years of age (49.8%). The cervical cytological screening provides excellent opportunity for diagnosis of the C. albicans.

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