The revised BSCC terminology for abnormal cervical cytology


Dr K. J. Denton, Cellular Pathology Department, Southmead Hospital, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK. Tel.: +0117 9595465; Fax: +0117 9595640; E-mail:


The BSCC terminology was originally published in 1986 and although highly successful, requires revision. Through a process of professional consensus and literature review this has been undertaken by the BSCC. The revision takes account of recent developments and improvements in understanding of morphology and disease process and is compatible with other terminologies in use elsewhere, whilst still maintaining a focus on practice in the UK cervical screening programmes.