Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia III detected after hysterectomy for benign conditions

D. G. Ferris, M. J. Messing, J. H. Crosby

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Because primary vaginal cancer is rare, many experts discourage routine cytologic sampling of the vaginal vault following hysterectomy for benign circumstances. The following report describes a case of vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia III (VAIN III) detected by a vaginal vault Papanicolaou smear obtained from an asymptomatic 57-year old woman 23 years after she had a total abdominal hysterectomy for a benign condition. As VAIN III is a true vaginal cancer precursor, the innocent disregard of recommended screening practices averted significant morbidity and possibility mortality for this otherwise healthy woman.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995


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