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Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease:
doi: 10.1097/01.lgt.0000245048.60341.3f
Review Article

A Brief History of Lower Genital Tract Screening

O'Connor, Dennis M. MD

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Abstract

Abstract: The history of lower genital tract screening covers discoveries that occurred in the middle of the last century and involves methodologies (cytologic and noncytologic techniques) that, for decades, were independently used by different global regions. At present, cytologic testing has become an initial screening test, and noncytologic testing (colposcopy and iodine application) has evolved into the secondary diagnostic test for selected individuals. In the future, tests that are less subjective and more specific may enhance or eventually replace these methodologies, whereas prevention may become as important as screening.

©2007The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

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