Original Article

Colposcopy or Cervical Conization? An Economic Comparison

Authors: J. MAX AUSTIN JR. MD, EDGAR D. CHARLES JR. PhD, HUGH M. SHINGLETON MD

Abstract

ABSTRACT:Costs of colposcopic evaluation of patients with abnormal Papanicolaou smears versus evaluation by conization are compared. The average colposcopic evaluation costs $106, and the average conization costs $923.70. Additional savings ensue if a colposcopic diagnosis, rather than conization of the cervix, precedes a definitive hysterectomy. All criteria for an adequate colposcopic examination and tissue diagnosis must be met to make this comparison.

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