Abnormal cervical appearance: What to do, when to worry?

Petra M. Casey, Margaret E. Long, Mary L. Marnach

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Many clinicians encounter cervical lesions that may or may not be associated with cytologic abnormalities. Such abnormalities as ectropion, Nabothian cysts, and small cervical polyps are quite benign and need not generate concern for patient or clinician, whereas others, including those associated with a history of exposure to diethylstilbestrol, cervical inflammation, abnormal cervical cytology, and postcoital bleeding, should prompt additional evaluation. Further, in some patients, the cervix may be difficult to visualize. Several useful clinical suggestions for the optimal examination of the cervix are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-151
Number of pages5
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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