Indexed on: 11 Sep '07Published on: 11 Sep '07Published in: Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine
Atypical immature squamous metaplasia (AIM) of the cervix is a loosely defined entity characterized by immature metaplastic cells with mild cytologic atypia.To examine whether a combination of immunostaining for p16 and Ki-67 could be used to stratify AIM cases into 3 categories: benign, cases with nondiagnostic atypia, and high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL).The study consisted of 37 cases of AIM, 23 cases of benign cervical mucosa (NEG), and 36 cases of HSIL. All cases were tested for high-risk human papillomaviruses using SPF 10 polymerase chain reaction and immunostained for p16 and Ki-67.All cases of HSIL were positive for both p16 and Ki-67. All but 2 benign control cases were negative for both p16 and Ki-67. Seven cases of AIM (19%) displayed a pattern of immunostaining identical to HSIL, and these most likely represent a spectrum of HSIL. A total of 54% of cases of AIM were negative for both p16 and Ki-67, consistent with benign reactive atypia. Two AIM cases (5%) were negative for p16 and positive for Ki-67 in the area adjacent to an ulcer, representing regeneration. Finally, 22% of AIM cases were positive for p16 and negative for Ki-67; such cases may represent a precursor of HSIL or, alternatively, a regressing HSIL.The combination of immunostaining for p16 and Ki-67 is helpful in limiting of the number of cases with nondiagnostic atypia of the cervix.