D D. Age cut-off for reporting endometrial cells on a Papanicolaou test: 50 years may be more appropriate than 45 years. Cytopathology : official journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology. 2016 Aug;27(27). 242-8. PMID: 26689647 [PubMed]
The 2001 Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology includes documenting 'endometrial cells in women ≥40 years of age' (E40) to help identify endometrial carcinoma (EC) on a Papanicolaou (Pap) test. The 2014 Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology raises the threshold to ≥45 years of age (E45). As many of these women are menstruating, routine biopsy after E40, or even E45, may lead to unnecessary procedures for benign endometrial cells. Establishing a different age threshold in combination with other clinical findings may help to guide management.