Evaluation of cervical smears at King Hussein Medical Centre, Jordan, over three and a half years

S R Malkawi, R M Abu Hazeem, B M Hajjat, F K Hajjiri
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal  
Cervical smears taken from women referred for a check-up or with vaginal itching/discharge over a period of 3.5 years were reviewed at the King Hussein Medical Centre, Jordan. All smears were fixed with 96% alcohol, stained with Papanicolaou stain and screened microscopically. Of the smears from 1176 women aged 18-70 years, 4.5% were classified as inadequate, 7.7% were normal and 79.9% showed non-specific inflammation. Abnormal vaginal flora was found in 4.8% of cases, Candida albicans in 1.2%,
more » ... Trichomonas vaginalis in 0.9% and actinomycosis in 1 case. Dysphasic changes were rare: 9 cases (0.8%) were classified as atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) and 2 cases (0.2%) were low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL). No cases of human papillomavirus infection (HPV) or cervical carcinoma were found.
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