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What does an abnormal glandular pap smear mean?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Glandular cells: It means that there are glandular cells that appear abnormal. This type of pap result needs close follow up to include additional testing as there's a pretty high percentage of there being a precancerous or even cancerous lesion present. You may need a colposcopy and a scraping from the inside of your cervix performed. Be sure to see your doctor for follow up.
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Check endometrium as well
Sep 27, 2017
Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 32 years experience
AGCUS: Abnormal glandular cells within a pap smear can come from the endocervical canal or from the endometrium. Likewise they can also be mistaken for squamous cells that line the outside of the cervix. Typically additional biopsies may need to be obtained to further investigate the cause of the atypical glandular cells in a pap smear, but it may depend on the specific history of the patient.

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Inflammatory cells: Iflamed pap smear most probably means smear reveals a lot of inflammatory cells - predominantly neutrophils. Inflammation may be seen in presence of fungal organisms and trichomanas vaginalis, or just be a sign of chronic or acute cervicitis without any microorganisms. Be well. Thank you for question.
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