Do women who have had a hysterectomy for benign reasons still need annual Papanicolaou smears?
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Routine annual Papanicolaou (Pap) smears of the vaginal vault of women who have undergone hysterectomies for benign reasons are abnormal approximately only 1% of the time, with a 95% false-positive rate. (SOR B, based on retrospective studies and reviews.)
Evidence Based Practice 11(11): 04-05.