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CytoJournal 2005,  2:5

Anal screening cytology

University of Vermont, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05446, USA

Correspondence Address:
Gladwyn Leiman
University of Vermont, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05446
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.1186/1742-6413-2-5

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This issue of CytoJournal contains an article on screening for anal intraepithelial neoplasia in high-risk male patients. This accompanying Editorial focuses on current understanding of this relatively new disease entity, with insights as to the potential role of screening cytopathology in the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical management of this HIV and HPV related anal lesion, which predominates in male patients living long-term with AIDS. Mention is made of techniques of obtaining samples, methods of preparation, and morphologic classification. Issues of anoscopic confirmation, as well as topical and surgical management are emphasized. The similarity of initial experiences in anal screening to problems encountered early in cervical cancer screening programs several decades ago, are highlighted.


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