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  1. Age-specific cervical cytology abnormalities at Tygerberg Hospital.

    Article - En anglais


    To determine age-specific incidence rates of cervical cytology abnormalities, as diagnosed by a cytopathology unit servicing a geographically defined area.


    Cross-sectional descriptive study.


    Cytopathology Unit at Tygerberg Hospital, a tertiary centre.


    Altogether 117 133 cervical cytology smears were analysed over a 2-year period.

    The peak incidence of cytological abnormalities occurs in the younger age groups (25 years and below).

    A statistically significant (P=0.047) increase in low-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions occurred in patients aged less than 20 years relative to those aged 20 - 24 years, with a subsequent decline in incidence with increasing age.

    High-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions were seen predominantly in the younger patients with a plateau in the 24 - 29-and 30 - 36-year age groups followed by a subsequent decline.


    Abnormal cervical cytology has a peak incidence in young women, which emphasises the importance of planning a cervical cytology screening programme accordingly.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Col utérus, Dépistage, Cytologie, Incidence, Femelle, Homme, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Frottis, Epidémiologie, Appareil génital femelle pathologie, Col utérus pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Uterine cervix, Medical screening, Cytology, Incidence, Female, Human, South Africa, Africa, Smear, Epidemiology, Female genital diseases, Uterine cervix diseases

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0041426

    Code Inist : 002B20C02. Création : 17/04/1998.