false negative Pap smear

false negative Pap smear

False negative smear Gynecology A Pap smear from a woman with a premalignant or malignant lesion that was classified incorrectly as containing no abnormal cells during routine Pap smears. See Cervical cancer.
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In clinical trials, the device demonstrated as much as a five-fold improvement in the detection of false negative Pap smear slides over a standard 10 percent random quality control procedure.
False negative Pap smears are a frequent cause of lawsuits, based both on real laboratory error, but also on the misperception that Pap smear screening is an exact science and that any false negative test may be the result of negligence.
Adopting these technologies will depend on whether a reduction in the levels of false negative Pap smears is considered a public health, individual patient, or medical liability issue.