visual inspection with acetic acid


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ac·e·to·whit·en·ing

(ă-sē'tō-wīt'en-ing),
Blanching of skin or mucous membranes, after application of 3-5% acetic acid solution, a sign of increased cellular protein and increased nuclear density; used particularly on genital skin and mucous membranes, including the uterine cervix, to identify zones of squamous cell change for biopsy and condyloma acuminatum for treatment.
[acetic acid + whitening]
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ac·e·to·whit·en·ing

(ă-sē'tō-wīt'ĕn-ing)
Blanching of skin or mucous membranes after application of 3-5% acetic acid solution, a sign of increased cellular protein and increased nuclear density; used particularly on genital skin and mucous membranes, including the uterine cervix, to identify zones of squamous cell change for biopsy and condyloma acuminatum for treatment.
Synonym(s): cervicoscopy, visual inspection with acetic acid.
[acetic acid + whitening]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

visual inspection with acetic acid

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VIA

Inspection of the surface of the uterine cervix after 5% acetic acid has been applied to it. VIA is a test sometimes used to determine whether the cervix is infected with human papilloma virus or whether irregularities seen on the cervix may be cancerous or precancerous.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Effectofcervicitis on visual inspection with acetic acid. J Low Genit Tract Dis.
Cervical cancer screening in low resource settings using visual inspection with acetic acid. J Midwifery Womens Health.
Other authors have suggested addition of visual inspection with lugols iodine (VILLI), visual inspection with acetic acid under magnification ( VIAM) or human papilloma virus (HPV ) testing as complementary test to improve specificity of VIA.21
The use of acetic acid during visual examination of the cervix, termed visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), has been advocated as an alternative screening method to PAP smear in developing countries.
Visual inspection with acetic acid in the early detection of cervical cancer, 1999; 80:161-3
Comparison of pap smear, visual inspection with acetic acid, human papillomavirus DNA-PCR testing and cervicography.

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