How are Pap test results reported?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cecelia H Boardman, MD; Chief Editor: Warner K Huh, MD  more...
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Precancerous lesions of the cervix usually are detected via a Pap test. The Pap test classification system has evolved over the years. Standardized Pap test reporting emerged from a 1988 workshop sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Currently, cervical cytology results are reported according to the 2001 Bethesda System. [62]


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