benign cellular changes


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benign cellular changes

A Bethesda System term for classifying pap smears, for changes seen by light microscopy that are not malignant, premalignant or induced by HPV.
 
Examples
Reactive reparative or inflammation-related changes, and atrophic cervicitis or vaginitis.
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WNL indicates within normal limits; BCC, benign cellular changes; ASCUS, atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance; LSIL, low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion; and HSIL, high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion.
The median reported ratio of ASCUS to SIL diagnoses was 1.7, and for 90% of labs, the calculated ratio was less than 3.6.[15] When applied appropriately, the use of ASCUS terminology should actually decrease the number of abnormal cases reported.[16] Instead, more cases will be classified as part of the spectrum of benign cellular change, and the likelihood that cases classified as ASCUS are truly abnormal will increase.
Of all benign cellular changes and within normal limits categories in the Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Cervicovaginal Cytology, repair most often elicits a false-positive laboratory response.
* "Benign cellular changes." This general category will likely be eliminated.

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