Cytologic features
PM cells

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PubMed search: PM cells cervix

Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Cells from PeraMenopausal women
Clinical features
  • Significant cause of ASC overdiagnosis in women ages 40 to 55 years (Am J Clin Pathol 2005;124:58)
  • ASCUS appears to have a particularly low positive predictive value for SIL in perimenopausal women and therefore most likely is overcalled in this age group; this may be attributable in part to air drying artifact and subtle atrophic changes (Cancer 2001;93:100)
  • Reporting benign EMs for premenopausal women 40 years and older has little clinical significance (Am J Clin Pathol 2005;123:571)
  • ASC-H is associated with HSIL in 22% in perimenopausal women (Am J Clin Pathol 2006;126:381)
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