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Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(8):698-703. doi:10.7150/ijms.4895

Research Paper

Correlation between the Digital Cervicography and Pathological Diagnosis Performed at Private Clinics in Korea

Seog-Nyeon Bae1, Jin-Hwi Kim1, Chung-Won Lee1, Min-Jong Song1, Eun-Kyung Park1, Yong-Seok Lee1, Keun-Ho Lee1, Soo-Young Hur1, Joo-Hee Yoon2*✉, Sung-Jong Lee2*✉

1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Vincent's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Republic of Korea
* SJ Lee and JH Yoon contributed equally to this paper.

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the correlation tendency between abnormal findings of digital cervicography and cervical pathology at private clinics in Korea.

Methods: Abnormal finding of digital cervicography performed at private clinics in Korea between January 1, 2010 and May 31, 2012 were analysed retrospectively. The patient's age, abnormal findings of digital cervicography, cervical cytology, human papillomaviru (HPV) test and cervical pathology were investigated and the rate of agreement between abnormal finding of digital cervicography and cervical pathology results was calculated. Abnormal findings of digital cervicography were divided into 4 categories: atypical, compatible with CIN1, compatible with CIN2/3 and compatible with cancer.

Results: The study group was composed of 1547 women with a mean (range) age of 37.4 (14-91 years). The agreement rate between abnormal findings of digital cervicography and cervical pathology was 52.0% in “compatible with CIN1”, 78.9% in “compatible with CIN2/3”, and 90.2% in “compatible with cancer”.

Conclusions: Abnormal findings of digital cervicography were highly concordant with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cancer examined at outpatient clinics in Korea. Therefore, abnormal interpretations of digital cervicography can be used as an excellent auxiliary technique with cervical cytology for CIN and cancer.

Keywords: cervicography, cervix, cancer, neoplasia, pathology

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How to cite this article:
Bae SN, Kim JH, Lee CW, Song MJ, Park EK, Lee YS, Lee KH, Hur SY, Yoon JH, Lee SJ. Correlation between the Digital Cervicography and Pathological Diagnosis Performed at Private Clinics in Korea. Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(8):698-703. doi:10.7150/ijms.4895. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v09p0698.htm