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Definition / general
- 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 postmenopausal women
- Increased maturation in vaginal epithelium may be due to estrogenic effect of tamoxifen (Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 1998;25:121)