Research Article

Endometrial assessment with Isaacs cell sampler.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6118.947 (Published 15 April 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:947
  1. J D Hutton,
  2. A R Morse,
  3. M C Anderson,
  4. R W Beard

    Abstract

    The value of the Isaacs endometrial cell sampler in the cytologic assessment of the endometrium was studied in 121 unanaesthetised patients aged over 40. Satisfactory aspirates for cytological diagnosis of endometrial state were obtained in 111 patients (91%) whereas endometrial specimens for histological diagnosis were obtained in only 89 patients (79%). In only four out of 83 cases were there diagnostic discrepancies between the aspirates and the curettings. It is concluded that the technique is safe, quick, comfortable, and reliable for assessing endometrial state. It should therefore prove valuable for screening, particularly in the management of menopausal women requiring oestrogen treatment.