Apr;17(5 Suppl 1):S1-S doi: /LGT.0bed Wentzensen N, Lawson HW; ASCCP Consensus Guidelines Conference. Cases from April 1, to March 31, were evaluated using the ASCCP guidelines to determine whether colposcopy would still be indicated. ASCCP Updated Consensus Guidelines FAQs. American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Disclosures. April 16, In This Article. Why new.

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Those who have cytology results showing atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance should receive HPV testing. Seventy-three colposcopies were performed during the pre-guideline period. Earn up to 6 CME credits per issue. From a medical education standpoint, if there is no change to the current training methods, there is a risk that residents may not get adequate training to achieve competency.

Thus, exact procedure numbers that arise from this specialty colposcopy clinic do not reflect the entire colposcopic experience obtained by the residents in our program. As the number of indications for colposcopy has decreased, concerns about resident proficiency in colposcopy have been raised.

The secondary objective was to determine the actual number of colposcopies before and after the ASCCP guidelines.

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Discussion The new guidelines resulted in a decrease in the number ascc; indications for colposcopy. We projected a large proportion of the decline would be in women age 21 to 24 in whom low grade cytologic abnormalities were no longer an indication for colposcopy. Screening by HPV testing alone is not recommended. See My Options close Already a member or subscriber?

Patients 30 years and older who receive negative guidslines with cotesting should receive cotesting again in five years. The second part compared the actual number of colposcopies during the one-year time period before and after the guidelines. Abstract The primary objective was to determine the theoretical number of colposcopies at a resident clinic if the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology ASCCP guidelines were applied.


Initiating screening before 21 years of age can increase anxiety, morbidity, expense, and unnecessary follow-up. Aptitude, ease, and confidence improve as the number of procedures a trainee performs increases. In addition to clinical exposure, a standardized curriculum including a multi-angle approach to teaching that incorporates readings, case conferences, image review, and simulation may also be necessary to provide comprehensive training.

Patients screened with cytology alone who have negative results should receive cytology screening again in three years. This method relies on accurate coding and can inadvertently miss subjects that did in fact have a colposcopy procedure.

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A study from a Family Medicine program found an actual The incidence of cervical cancer, as well as mortality rates from the disease, has decreased over the past 30 years because of widespread screening with cervical cytology. Results Seventy-three colposcopies were performed during the one-year study period, April 1, to March 31,prior to the release of the ASCCP guidelines. Seventy-three colposcopies were performed during the one-year study period, April 1, to March 31,prior to the release of the ASCCP guidelines.

National, regional, state, and selected local area vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13—17 year — United States, Cytology alone acceptable every three years. These theoretical results were then compared to the actual number of colposcopies.

Sign up for the free AFP email table of contents. As clinical exposure decreases, colposcopy may need to be a required procedure tracked by the ACGME to ensure that graduates receive adequate clinical experience. Patients with cytology results showing atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance and negative HPV results have low risk of CIN 3 and should be rescreened in three 20133. Performing cotesting every five years ascc slightly lower 20013 rates with less screening and follow-up testing.

Introduction When compared worldwide, cervical cancer in the United States has a relatively low incidence.

Already a member or subscriber? Although increased sensitivity of cotesting allows for greater detection, decreased specificity leads to more follow-up testing. Seven residents rotate through the colposcopy clinic per year, therefore the number of colposcopies per resident would have decreased from Open in a separate window.


Strategies for preventing cervical cancer in females younger than 21 years include HPV vaccination and counseling about safe sex practices. More in Pubmed Citation Related Articles. In clinical practice, adoption of a new guideline rarely happens instantaneously. In particular, residents will have less experience evaluating low grade cytologic abnormalities in younger women. HPV testing is more sensitive but less specific than cytology.

A total of 58 indicated colposcopies were performed in the one-year time period, April 1, to March 31,following the release of the ASCCP guidelines [ Table 1 ]. Women 30 to 65 years of age.

As previously reported in the literature, there seemed to be a delay in the adoption of the guidelines. To see the full article, log in or purchase access. Screening every three years in women 21 to 29 years of age requires less additional testing with similar reductions in cancer risk as screening every two years.

Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Ultimately, patients benefited from a reduced number of invasive procedures. Follow age-specific recommendations same as unvaccinated women.

From a training standpoint, as indications for colposcopy decrease, fewer training opportunities are available for residents. Chi-Square Tests and Fisher’s Exact Tests were used to determine the significance of association for categorical variables.

No screening is necessary after adequate negative prior screening results. A dedicated ghidelines clinic, which receives both internal and community referrals, takes place on one half day a week at this site.

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Women 21 to 29 years of age. The latest consensus guideline released in reduced the instances where colposcopy was recommended as the next step in evaluation in three specific ways: