Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 179-182

Urethral cytology and penioscopy as screening tests for male consorts of females with human papilloma virus infection

Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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M M Kamal
MA/8 Laxminagar, Nagpur-440022
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.41890

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Human Papilloma virus (HPV) infection of uterine cervix is known to be a very important risk factor for the development of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and invasive cancer. This infection, that affects partners, is presently being investigated mostly in females. This study utilized a simple technique of urethral cytology and penioscopy to screen 38 male consorts of women with HPV infection of uterine cervix. A simple naked eye examination and examination under magnification of the male genitalia i.e."Penioscopy" was performed. A cytologic smear was obtained from the urethra using a cytobrush. Five percent acetic acid was then applied and acetowhite areas, if any, were noted. Smears were studied for features indicative of HPV infection. 10 male consorts, all of whom were asymptomatic, showed evidence of HPV infection.

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