Gynecologic oncology

Diagnostic accuracy of colposcopy in relation to human papillomavirus genotypes and multiple infection.

PMID 25026638


The aim of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of colposcopy for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 or worse (CIN3+) in relation to the detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 and multiple HPV infection. A cohort study of 2526 subjects attending a colposcopic service because of cytological abnormalities. HPV genotypes were identified using the INNO-LIPA genotyping system. The final colposcopic/pathological diagnoses were as follows: 1282 (50.8%) negative, 709 (28.1%) CIN1, 169 (6.7%) CIN2, 318 (12.6%) CIN3 and 48 (1.9%) invasive cervical cancer, respectively. Among women with ASCUS/LSIL, assuming any colposcopic abnormality as a cut-off, there were no significant differences in the sensitivities (83.8%, 95% CI=76-89.6 as compared to 84.1%, 95% CI=73.2-91.1, p=0.9) and ROC curves (0.61, 95% CI=0.58-0.65 as compared to 0.59, 95% CI=0.54-0.64, p=0.5) in the detection of CIN3+ lesions between subjects with single and multiple high-risk infection, and between subjects infected by HPV16 (83.1%, 95% CI=73.7-89.7, ROC=0.59, 95% CI=0.54-063) or other high-risk HPVs (84.7%, 95% CI=75.6-90.8, ROC=0.62, 95% CI=0.58-0.66, p=0.8 and p=0.6 compared to HPV16). After correction for confounders, the odds ratios of CIN3+ associated with any abnormal colposcopic findings were 2.47 (95%CI=1.44-4.23, p=0.001) among HPV16 positive, 3.34 (95% CI=2.16-5.42, p<0.001) among other high-risk HPVs and 1.3 (95% CI=0.72-2.48, p=0.36) among subjects with negative/low-risk HPVs. In routine clinical practice, multiple infection or HPV16 positivity did not affect colposcopic accuracy in the diagnosis of CIN3+ lesions. The sensitivity of colposcopy was poor among subjects who were uninfected or infected by low-risk HPV genotypes.

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