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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Low estrogen: What you described is consistent with atrophy of the vaginal lining due to low estrogen. It is expected in a post-menopausal woman. If you have any sy ... Read More
A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pap smears at 61: Without the use of estrogen in the vagina or otherwise, it is not uncommon to have an "atrophic" pap smear at age 61 as there is no vaginal cell stimu ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Screen for cancer: Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the micr ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Normal: Inflammatory changes are normal on a PAP smear. Hemorrhagic just means there was some blood in the sample and is not worriesome.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Fibroids: Fibroids shouldn't cause abnormal pap smears.
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Yes: Pap smear may pick up endometrial cancer, but it will miss more than it will pick up. Pap is far more useful for detecting cancer of the uterine cervi ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Of the cervix: That is the purpose of a pap.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Colposcopy Saves you: Yes. Of course. The ability to stop and prevent cervical cancer is a major advancement in female health. Catching the changes that hpv can cause tha ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Need for close : Follow-up. Most patients with hpv do not suffer ill-effects, however, 80% of the cervical cancers are caused by hpv. Therefore it is prudent that you ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
A warning: Women with cells that have certain abnormal appearances are much more likely to develop cancer of the cervix or nearby structures. If the area with t ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
No: Its purpose is to detect cancer cells(cytological examination).
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Cook
Dr. Beth Cook answered
22 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Abnormal Pap: Management algorithms for abnormal paps depend upon your age, high risk hpv being positive or negative, and the reading of the pap (ascus, hsil, lsil, ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Bourgeous
22 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Abnormal....: Cells can be seen on a pap if inflammation is present. Chlamydia will cause inflammation, so yes, in a sense. There are lots of different kinds of abn ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elena Roukhadze
13 years experience in Pathology
Postpartum PAP: It depends on the abnormality which was detected, but in case of any abnormality the follow up should be scheduled as soon as possible.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Pap: not normal so discuss with your Dr.
A female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience in Pathology
Pap test: Infections such as HSV, candida or trichomona can cause abnormalities in the epithelial cells that can mimic the changes seen in precancer lesions. Al ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Glandular cells: It means that there are glandular cells that appear abnormal. This type of pap result needs close follow up to include additional testing as there's ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dale Kristle
39 years experience in Gynecology
Further evaluation: consider further evaluation, possibly a LEEP procedure. At a minimum, repeat pap in 6 -12 months with HPV testing.
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Colposcopy: If you had an abnormal pap smear then the next step is an examination under a microscope called a colposcopy. This will evaluate the extent of the pr ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience in Pathology
Generally no.: Endometrial cells can be 'normal' in a pap test depending upon the age of the patient and the time of the menstrual cycle in which the test was perfor ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Gapp
39 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Usually: Usually the virus is not looked for unless your pap is abnormal. If it is abnormal, the lab I use will do what is called reflex testing for the prese ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rayson
28 years experience in Pathology
Maybe benign and overcall: It is possible that the cells are reactive and they were over called as worrisome for cancer but in fact are completely normal this would explain the ... Read More
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