Tracking the impact of excisional cervical treatment on the cervix using biospectroscopy

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Title: Tracking the impact of excisional cervical treatment on the cervix using biospectroscopy
Authors: Kyrgiou, M
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Local excisional treatment for cervical intra - epithelial neoplasia (CIN) is linked to significant adverse sequelae including preterm birth , with c one depth and radicality of treatment correlat ing to the frequency and severity of adverse events. Attenuated total reflect ion Fourier - transform infra red (ATR - FTIR) spectroscopy can detect underlying cervical disease more accurately than conventional cytology. The chemical profile of c ells pre - and post - treatment may differ as a result of altered biochemical processes due to excis ion , or treatment of the disease. Since pre - treatment cervi cal length var ies amongst women , the percentage of cervix excised may correlate more accurately to risk than absolute dimensions . We show that t reatment for CIN significantly alters the biochemistry of the cervix, compared with women who have not had treatment ; t his is due to the excision of cervical tissue rather than a disease - controlling effect . However, the spectra do seem to correlate to the cone depth or proportion of cervical lengt h excised. Future research should aim to explore the impact of treatment in a larger cohort.
Issue Date: 15-Dec-2016
Date of Acceptance: 16-Nov-2016
ISSN: 2045-2322
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal / Book Title: Scientific Reports
Volume: 6
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Sponsor/Funder: British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
Imperial College Healthcare Charity
Genesis Research Trust
Funder's Grant Number: N/A
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 38921
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