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A 49-year-old female asked:

Had pap smear. doc called and said she needs to redo it cuz the lab says not enough cells collected? what does that mean and is it worrisome?

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Dr. Olga Sarkodie
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Nothing to worry : Sometimes mucus, blood, debris of cells in collected specimen overpowers cells that need to be tested for cervical cancer. It is known situation and it means that unfortunately you need to go through another exam for those cells to be collected again. At your age your doctor can collect enough cells for an additional test for HR HPV and if both tests are normal you don't need PAP for 5 years unles

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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