Published in Women's Health Weekly, May 22nd, 2003
According to a study from Netherlands, "a heavy admixture of blood in cervical smears can be problematic for the screener, as the presence of blood can influence the staining quality of the cancer cell nuclei. However, it might also be a blessing in disguise."
"A retrospective study of 40 clinically important smears, 34 originally signed out as negative for squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix and 6 smears as unsatisfactory, was carried out in comparison with 100 smears from healthy women," said M.E. Boon and colleagues, Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory.
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