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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(12), 12304-12311; doi:10.3390/ijerph111212304

Diagnosing Cervical Dysplasia Using Visual Inspection of the Cervix with Acetic Acid in a Woman in Rural Haiti

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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Received: 18 August 2014 / Revised: 18 November 2014 / Accepted: 20 November 2014 / Published: 28 November 2014
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Abstract

Cervical cancer remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for women in developing countries, despite the fact that inexpensive, simple and effective screening methods are available. Visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (VIA) can be used as part of a “screen and treat” program to identify precancerous lesions for cryotherapy treatment. This case report details how the VIA screening test was incorporated into the care of a patient presenting to a maternal health clinic in Thomonde, Haiti which was staffed by doctors and medical students from Emory University School of Medicine in collaboration with Haiti Medishare. As demonstrated here, the VIA test requires minimal materials, can be efficiently incorporated into a physical exams, provides immediate results, and is easily demonstrated to and performed by local healthcare providers. The straightforward and sensitive VIA technique is an ideal cervical cancer screening method for resource poor areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: cervical cancer; visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (VIA); cryotherapy; screen and treat; Haiti; mobile clinics cervical cancer; visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (VIA); cryotherapy; screen and treat; Haiti; mobile clinics
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Roger, E.; Nwosu, O. Diagnosing Cervical Dysplasia Using Visual Inspection of the Cervix with Acetic Acid in a Woman in Rural Haiti. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 12304-12311.

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