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doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318254f90c
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2011 Colposcopic Terminology of the International Federation for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy

Bornstein, Jacob MD, MPA; Bentley, James MB, ChB; Bösze, Peter MD; Girardi, Frank MD; Haefner, Hope MD; Menton, Michael MD; Perrotta, Myriam MD; Prendiville, Walter MD; Russell, Peter MD; Sideri, Mario MD; Strander, Björn MD; Tatti, Silvio MD; Torne, Aureli MD; Walker, Patrick MD

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New colposcopy terminology was prepared by the Nomenclature Committee of the International Federation of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy after a critical review of previous terminologies, online discussions, and discussion with national colposcopy societies and individual colposcopists. This document has been expanded to include terminology of both the cervix and vagina. The popular terms “satisfactory colposcopy” and “unsatisfactory colposcopy” have been replaced. The colposcopic examination should be assessed for three variables: 1) adequate or inadequate, with the reason given; 2) squamocolumnar junction visibility; and 3) transformation zone type. Other additions were the localization of the lesion to either inside or outside the transformation zone and determinants of size as well as location of cervical lesions. Two new signs were included in the terminology—the “inner border sign” and “ridge sign.” The following definitions have been added: congenital transformation zone, polyp (ectocervical or endocervical), stenosis, congenital anomaly, and posttreatment consequence. In addition, the terminology includes standardization of cervical excision treatment types and cervical excision specimen dimensions. The International Federation of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy recommends that the 2011 terminology replace all others and be implemented for diagnosis, treatment, and research.

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