Normal cells / non-neoplastic findings
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Revised: 22 June 2011, last major update June 2011
● Defined as ratio of parabasal to intermediate to superficial cells of vaginal epithelium (sampled at middle third of lateral vaginal wall)
● Sample often obtained simultaneous with pap smear
● For detecting hormonal effects in menopausal and post-menopausal women
● Increased maturation in vaginal epithelium may be due to estrogenic effect of tamoxifen (Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 1998;25:121)
End of Cervix-cytology > Normal cells non-neoplastic findings > Maturation index
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