Atypical Squamous Cells, Cannot Exclude High-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion: Review of Ancillary Testing Modalities and Implications for Follow-up
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Low. Genit. Tract. Dis.
atypical squamous cells; cannot exclude high grade squamous; intraepithelial lesion; ASC-H; Pap test; human papillomavirus; cervical; cytology; ASC-H; CERVICAL CYTOLOGY; CLINICAL-SIGNIFICANCE; COMPARISON PROGRAM; REPORTING RATES; WOMEN; TERMINOLOGY; P16(INK4A); TRIAGE; POSTMENOPAUSAL; Obstetrics & Gynecology
Objective. To review the cytology category atypical squamous cells, cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (ASC-H), with human papillomavirus (HPV) and other ancillary testing results and according to age group. Methods. A literature search was performed on the ASC-H category, and studies analyzing ASC-H according to ancillary testing modalities or patient age groups during the past 4 years were emphasized. Results. The ASC-H category accounts for less than 1% of cytology reports, and 33% to 84% will test positive for oncogenic HPV. The number of patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2/3 and cancer on biopsy is quite variable, from about 12% to more than 70%, averaging about 40%. The variation reflects patient population as well as local laboratory practices, but older subgroups are more likely to have negative HPV results and negative follow-up. Both the sensitivity of HPV testing for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2/3 detection and the negative predictive value for a patient with ASC-H and negative HPV testing average more than 95%. Additional studies evaluating other types of ancillary testing for the ASC-H category are needed. Conclusions. Atypical squamous cells, cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, is an uncommon cytology result, and HPV testing results and biopsy follow-up show variation according to patient age group and local laboratory practices. A negative HPV result in ASC-H offers a high negative predictive value and could be considered as a management strategy in mature women as well as women 30 years and older receiving combined cytology and HPV screening.
Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
"Atypical Squamous Cells, Cannot Exclude High-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion: Review of Ancillary Testing Modalities and Implications for Follow-up" (2010). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 84.