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A 22-year-old female asked:

My pap smear said normal, but what does this mean "endocervical component/squamous metaplastic cells from transformation zone are present."?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Good: That means that the pap smear tested the area between the ecto- and endo-cervix, the "transformation zone". This is the zone where abnormal cells tend to arise, so the fact that this pap smear captured cells from that area is perfect, that's just the area that doctor was hoping to analyze. Metaplastic cells are not cancer, and are benign, so this is a benign result. HOpe that helps!
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Results of pap smear is normal but endocervical and or squamous metaplastic cells. Endocervical component are present. What does this mean?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
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 to worry. Yet you need to continue to have regular pap smear testing as advised by your gynecologist and follow up on this abnormality which is likely to resolve with time.
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Last updated Jan 29, 2022


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