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Acceptability of the Cytopipette in General Hospitals

Br Med J 1970; 2 doi: (Published 09 May 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:358
  1. A. J. Lucas,
  2. M. E. Attwood


    Altogether 2,798 cytopipette smears have been taken by patients entering the general medical and surgical wards of a hospital. Twelve unsuspected positive smears were found, a rate of 4 per 1,000. Biopsy of these patients has shown five pre-malignant lesions, one invasive carcinoma of cervix, and one carcinoma of corpus uteri. Five patients await biopsy.

    The cytopipette is both acceptable to the patient (62% acceptance) and a feasible laboratory technique and can produce good cytological smears. Only 30% of patients entering the hospital had already had the opportunity to obtain a smear before, and most of them welcomed the opportunity for the test.

    Though the self-pipette may be criticized for its inaccuracy we feel that any test, if it can detect cervical abnormality at the rate of 4 women per 1,000, is better than no test at all. It should have a place in routine cytological testing of women second only to the use of Ayre's spatula.

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