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Mild cervical dysplasia often reverts to normal

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:420
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Cervical smears which are mildly to moderately dysplastic are more likely to revert to normal than to progress to cancer, according to a new study (Journal of the National Cancer Institute 1999;91:252-8).

    Women with findings classed as mildly dysplastic are often referred for immediate colposcopy and biopsy. This latest research may lead to less rigorous follow up tests for women whose cervical smears are only mildly dysplastic.

    University of Toronto researchers led by Phillipa Holowaty reviewed …

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