Publications by authors named "Marsali Ruth Newman"

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Seborrheic Keratosis-Like Lesion of the Cervix: First Report of the Cytological Features of a Low-Risk HPV 42-Associated Lesion.

Acta Cytol 2021 22;65(5):448-452. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Pathology, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, United Kingdom.

Introduction: Seborrheic keratosis-like lesion of the cervix and vagina is a rare lesion and shows similar morphology to vulvar seborrheic keratosis; 3 of the 7 previously reported cases were associated with low-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) type 42. We report a case of seborrheic keratosis-like lesion of the cervix and provide the first description of the cytological features of this lesion.

Case Presentation: A woman in her late forties presented with postcoital bleeding. She had a cervical screening test following which she underwent cervical biopsy, endocervical and endometrial curettage, large loop excision of the transformation zone of the cervix, and hysterectomy.

Results: The liquid-based cytology preparation showed cohesive groups of mildly atypical squamoid cells with a spindle cell morphology, mildly increased nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio, prominent nucleoli, and occasional nuclear grooves. No koilocytes were identified. Molecular genotyping revealed positivity for HPV type 42.

Discussion/conclusion: This represents the first description of the cytological features of a seborrheic keratosis-like lesion of the cervix, which are distinctive and unusual. Whilst the mild squamous atypia raised the possibility of a low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, no koilocytes were identified. The association in our case with a low-risk HPV type, HPV 42, provides further evidence for a role of this HPV type in the pathogenesis of these lesions.
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September 2021

Possible high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (pHSIL) in the new cervical screening paradigm: The outcomes and the role of clinicopathological review.

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2021 08 3;61(4):569-575. Epub 2021 May 3.

Department of Gynaecological Oncology, The Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Background: A renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) was introduced in Australia in December 2017. Under the renewed NCSP, there are limited data to guide the management of discordant colposcopy and biopsy results after a liquid-based cytology (LBC) finding of 'possible high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion' (pHSIL).

Aims: This study aims to determine the proportion of women referred with pHSIL who are found to have HSIL, identify influencing factors of women most at risk, and examine the role that cytopathology review plays in management decisions.

Materials And Methods: Two-hundred and thirty-two women presenting to a tertiary women's hospital in Australia with pHSIL since December 2017 were identified. Women with HSIL following colposcopy directed biopsy were referred for treatment. When HSIL was not identified, these patients were referred for multidisciplinary clinicopathological review. Pathological outcomes and treatment recommendations are included.

Main Outcome Measures: The primary outcome of the study was histological confirmation of HSIL.

Results: Primary outcome data were available for 182 women (78.5%); 62 (34.1%) had HSIL on histology, three (1.7%) had adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) and one (1%) had cervical squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). There was no association between age and the presence of HSIL. The presence of human papillomavirus 16 and/or 18 increased the likelihood of HSIL on histology (relative risk 1.9; 95% CI 1.27-2.80, P = 0.002). Fifty-nine (25.4%) women were referred for observation who had low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion/no dysplasia.

Conclusions: Clinicopathological review optimises management and triage of patients with pHSIL on referral cytology. Understanding outcomes in these patients informs counselling and management.
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August 2021