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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wallner
40 years experience Gynecology
A cancer screen: A pap smear is a screening test used to detect cervical cancer and precancer.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it does not hurt: It may be unconfortable for some but is not painful.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes and no: You can have a mildly abnormal pap smear (ascus) and it can still be hpv negative. We generally treat this result the same as a normal pap smear. Ot ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
We do not guess: You are asking for physicians to guess. That does not happen. Let's see what your results are and then deal with them rationally.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
19 years experience Pathology
See doctor: Until there is a biopsy done and evaluated with a microscope, no one will know if you have cancer, advanced or not. I wish you the best.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marina Landa
31 years experience Pathology
Recomended: The american cancer society recommends that all women have an initial pap smear by the age of 21, regardless of whether or not they've had sexual inte ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
In situ Ca: Pap smears define the presence of cells that have been curetted or shed from the cervix. The test which is about 60% accurate defines early malignanc ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Follow doctor advice: You probably mean the test shows you are infected with a "high risk" type of HPV (not that you are at high risk of catching it). "High risk" means it ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Cervical: A pap test looks for cervical cancer only.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jess Crosier
30 years experience Pathology
Pap cpt: Original physician collection - no code, not billed separately. Always part of office visit, perhaps. 88164 Bethesda terminology manually read 8817 ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Yes, a pap smear is a routine screening test recommended for all females of certain age groups. During a pap smear, your physician swabbed your cer ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes it is normal: Your pa test shows normal cells. Dysplastic or atypical cells is what the test is looking for.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Endocervical cells: These cells line the innermost portion of the cervix and are normal. The endocervical canal leads to the endometrial cavity.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Kobasa
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cervical cancer: The pap smear will screen for cervical cancer or pre cancerous conditions. Most pap smears can be combined with hpv testing which will improve the sc ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
26 years experience Family Medicine
Follow up needed: You should discuss follow up with your doctor. Typically a colposcopy is recommended to look closer at your cervix.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Sebestyen
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Normal : This is the standard way that a normal pap smear is reported. It tells you that there are enough cells collected to evaluate the specimen and that the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bridget Sharpe
11 years experience Emergency Medicine
Good test: It means that there are cell samples from the inside of the cervix, which is where they're supposed to come from. So this just means the test is more ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For goo ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
You mean missing end: Endo cervical componenet that means they were no endocervical cells seen i assume that is what u mean, when u do a pap u get cells form the outside o ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Follow doctor's: advice. If you have HPV infection, it may clear itself, however you should follow your doctor's advice for repeat testing and additional testing like ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience 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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