2001 Bethesda System Terminology

Specimen Type: Indicate conventional smear (Pap smear) vs. liquid based vs. other

Specimen Adequacy

  • Satisfactory for evaluation (describe presence or absence of endocervical/transformation zone component and any other quality indicators, e.g., partially obscuring blood, inflammation, etc.)
  • Unsatisfactory for evaluation … (specify reason)
    • Specimen rejected/not processed (specify reason)
    • Specimen processed and examined, but unsatisfactory for evaluation of epithelial abnormality because of (specify reason)
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