During the preparation of a recent manuscript for submission to the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease (Fletcher AH, Wilkinson EJ, Knapik JA. Oncogenic human papillomavirus testing in an adolescent population with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance, submitted for publication, 2008), we noted an inaccurate reference citation in the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) 2006 consensus guidelines for the management of women with abnormal cervical screening tests . On page 205, under the section titled "Atypical Squamous Cells: Special Populations," the ASCCP guidelines quote the following: "In ALTS, the prevalence of HPV DNA positivity was much higher in women 18 to 22 years old (71%) versus those older than 29 years (31%)." Upon review of the quoted reference citation (Sherman ME, Solomon D, Schiffman M. ), no mention of HPV DNA positivity in women 18 to 22 years of age is found. After further research, we conclude the correct reference citation should be as follows:
Sherman ME, Schiffman M, Cox JT. Effects of age and human papilloma viral load on colposcopy triage: Data from the Randomized Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance/Low-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion Triage Study (ALTS). J Natl Cancer Inst 2002;94:102-107.
In summary, there is an incorrect reference citation published in the 2006 ASCCP consensus guidelines. This error requires correction to ensure the accuracy of the guidelines.
1. Wright TC, Massad LS, Dunton CJ, Spitzer M, Wilkinson EJ, Solomon D. 2006 consensus guidelines for the management of women with abnormal cervical screening tests. J Low Genit Tract Dis
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2. Sherman ME, Solomon D, Schiffman M. Qualification of ASC-US. A comparison of equivocal LSIL and equivocal HSIL cervical cytology in the ALTS. Am J Clin Pathol