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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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LESSA, Paula Renata Amorim et al. Presence of high-grade intraepithelial lesions among women deprived of their liberty: a documental study. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp.354-361. ISSN 1518-8345.

The aim of this study was to analyze the results of the Pap smears of women deprived of their liberty. It is a retrospective, documental study, with a quantitative approach, performed in a female prison of Ceará, Brazil, with a sample of 672 patient records. Regarding the microbiological findings, it was verified that the main cervical-vaginal colonization was by bacilli suggestive of Gardnerella/Mobiluncus (21.8%), followed by Trichomonas vaginalis (12%), and Candida sp (5.8%). The frequencies of samples with atypical cells presented rates of 4.1% for Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance; 3.2% for Low-grade Intraepithelial Lesions; and 2.5% for High-grade Intraepithelial Lesions. The importance of screening for cervical cancer in female prisons was highlighted, as well as the inclusion of the nurse in this environment, ensuring individualized, quality care for women deprived of their liberty.

Keywords : Uterine Cervical Neoplasms; Prisons; Nursing.

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