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Diagnostic sensitivity for invasive cervical carcinoma of high risk HPV tests performed on SurePath™ liquid-based pap specimens

Authors Nance K

Received 20 February 2013

Accepted for publication 21 February 2013

Published 31 March 2013 Volume 2013:5 Pages 101—104


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Keith V Nance

Department of Cytology, Rex Hospital, Raleigh, and Department of Pathology, The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Recently I communicated with the Editor regarding Drs Naryshkin and Austins’ article entitled "Limitations of widely used high-risk human papillomavirus laboratory-developed testing in cervical carcinoma screening."1,2 As noted previously, this article is based on a single case report of squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix diagnosed in a patient who had abnormal Pap results but had negative Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2)(Qiagen NV, Hilden, Germany) high risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing from SurePath™ (Becton-Dickinson, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) samples. The authors concluded that such testing should not be done using this collection medium. Interestingly, they also mentioned a 10% false negative rate for similar testing performed on FDA-approved Preservcyt® media on three of 31 invasive cervical carcinoma patients at Dr Austin’s own laboratory.

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