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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience 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

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A 66-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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Poor function.: If a testicle has atrophied, then there is a loss of function is that testicle. How much function is lost depends on the degree of atrophy. Functions ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience Pathology
Low estrogen: Atrophic patterns on pap smears are usually associated with decreased estrogen levels. Low estrogen levels are found in women that are either going i ... Read More
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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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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
A sampling of your: Cervix shows cells that are not totally normal. There are different levels of abnormal cells, and depending on such findings, your doctor will proceed ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Cervicitis: This simply means inflammatory cells where present on your cervix. There is no evidence of dysplasia. Your doctor may place you on antibiotics.
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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 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Walter Klein
20 years experience Pathology
Fairly normal: This a normal regenerative process that nearly every woman has in their cervix (transformation zone). If infected by hpv these cells can progress to ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Minimal: inflammation: either irritation or low grade infection.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infection: Endometritis is infection or inflammation in the uterus. After delivery or a D&C, this is what we call an infection, and it usually requires antib ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Risk of cancer: It is a screening test to look for changes in cells that may at risk of becoming cancerous. If done correctly, the test can prevent vast majority of ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rayson
28 years experience Pathology
Common and benign : Adenomyosis is when benign endometrial stroma and glands are found in the smooth muscle wall which is abnormal. This can cause irregular periods in bl ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Treatable infection: It is a treatable infection that if left untreated can have serious consequences. See the site below for more info. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-b ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Slight abnormality: I am sure your gynecologist can help you address your concerns. Metaplastic cells are slightly abnormal but they are not cancerous. So you do not need ... Read More
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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 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Walker
24 years experience Plastic Surgery
Histologic stain: Wright's stain is a histologic stain that facilitates the differentiation of blood cell types. It is used primarily to stain peripheral blood smears a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Cancer screening: The pap test is an important test that is used to screen for cervical cancer in women. It involves taking a gentle scraping of the cervix with a flexi ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Uterus: Adenomyosis refers to a disorder in which endometrial glands and stroma are present within the musculature of the uterus. The ectopic endometrial tiss ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Pap smear: Endometrial cells are normal on a Pap and indicates that the practicioner got a good sample!
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
A PAP Smear: The cervical smear is a test for changes in the birth canal caused by human papilloma virus. If the smear is abnormal, these changes may lead to preca ... Read More
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