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i need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
More workup.: If a pap smear is abnormal, colposcopy is done, with 3% Acetic Acid painted on the cervix. Abnormal lesions are seen as white patches. These are biopsied, and examined under a microscope for possible malignancy. If there is cancer in situ, a cone biopsy is done, which is therapeutic.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Needs follow-up: It needs to be checked. The viral assays are changing the protocols. The test is a screen for cervical cancer and pre-cancer and as such is very sensitive -- but please do get the follow-up your physician suggests.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Thanks a lot for adding to my answer.
Apr 6, 2012
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Thanks a lot for adding to my amswer.
Apr 6, 2012

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