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Equipment for taking and examining gynaecological smears


Material from the female genital tract can be obtained for cytological study in various ways, the choice depending on the information required. For hormone assessment,1 a scrape of the upper third of the lateral vaginal wall or aspiration of the posterior fornix is preferred; for cervical cancer diagnosis,2 visual inspection of the cervix and a 360° scrape round the cervical os at the squamo-columnar junction; for endometrial cancer diagnosis, endocervical or endometrial cavity aspiration.

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