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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tahera Mukaddam
Specializes in Travel Medicine
Viral cause: Cervical cancer is caused by Human Papilloma Virus.This is usually a sexually transmitteed virus. If detected early we can prevent progression to a ca ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
Data: You can expect to be told that you do or don't have abnormal cells in your cervix, that you do or don't have abnormal calcifications in your breast, a ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Culture: Usual test is culture but it is not very effective. Nucleic acid tests have not been approved by fda. If you think you have mycoplasma, you need to be ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infection search: Your MD is looking for a vaginal infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Knittel
7 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Risk-based: Talk to your healthcare provider about specific concerns! in general, if you are a woman under 25, test for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year, and ove ... 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 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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 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 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 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 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: Only a blood test can confirm the presence of HIV and it usually takes about 3 months after the exposure to become positive although some newer test c ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in 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 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 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Sebestyen
26 years experience in 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Indirectly for some: Pap smears test for abnormal cervical cells— dysplasia or metaplasia—which lead to biopsies. Any std that causes such changes in the cervical cells, s ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience in Gynecologic Oncology
Cervicitis: Cervicitis can be caused by a variety of organisms. Only a few of the types organisms that can cause it are detectable with a wet prep. A pap smear is ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Lepine
30 years experience in Gynecology
No.: The "negative for malignancy" refers to the pap. The high-risk hpv test in conjunction with is would be reported as positive or negative. Check with ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jess Crosier
30 years experience in 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 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elise Sadoun
13 years experience in Family Medicine
What is the question: I'm not sure what you are asking. If you had a pap indicating invasive cancer, then there is no need to test for hpv because it is known to be caused ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
What symptoms?: Pap smears are done routinely as a cancer screening test for all sexually active women. Hvs, herpes virus, i assume, testing would be dictated by eith ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not necessarily: Several things can make a pap smear abnormal including cancer, pre-cancer, infections, or even a false positive result. If yours is abnormal you'll p ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Pap Smears: Pap smears are designed to look for skin changes that could or would predict risk for developing cervical cancer. They now can also test for the hybr ... Read More

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