European consensus statement on essential colposcopy

European Federation for Colposcopy and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract (EFC) and the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology (ESGO), J Zodzika

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This European consensus statement on essential colposcopy provides standards for the general colposcopist seeing women referred for colposcopy with an abnormal cervical screening test (including cytology and HPV tests) or with a clinically suspicious cervix. The article gives guidance regarding the aims and conduct of colposcopy. Recommendations are provided on colposcopy technique, the management of common colposcopy issues, treatment and follow-up of after treatment of CIN or early stage cervical. Colposcopists should make an informed decision on the management of each individual that is referred and organize appropriate follow-up. Cervical cancer is still a major health issue and the quality of care can only improve if there is a structured guidance for women with an abnormal smear or suspicious cervix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Early online date23 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Cancer
  • Cervix
  • Colposcopy
  • European guideline
  • Screening

Field of Science

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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