Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 141-143

Cytodiagnosis and pitfalls of genital tuberculosis: A report of two cases

Department of Pathology, Kasturba Hospital, Daryaganj, Delhi, India

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Ankit Seth
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.83477

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Genital tuberculosis is fairly common in Indian women due to high prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis in the general population. Histopathological diagnosis is invaluable but often, diagnosis can be made with reasonable accuracy by Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test if the index of suspicion is kept high. Also, genital tuberculosis is considered to be more common in patients less than 40 years of age and rare after menopause. We describe two cases of cervical tuberculosis in patients over 40 years of age, including a postmenopausal case, diagnosed by smear tests and later confirmed by histopathology and bacteriology. The differential diagnoses as well as problems encountered in the diagnosis of a tuberculous lesion in Pap smears are also discussed.

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