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what is the difference between a papanicolaou test and a pelvic exam?

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Dr. Joseph Schifilliti
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Great question: The papanicolaou test is a specific test that requires the visualization of the cervix. Cells from the cervix are sampled and screened for cancer potential. While a pelvic exam may include the pap test, the exam itself does not require a pap test. A pelvic includes looking at the genitals inside the vagina and out, as well as feeling the internal organs including uterus and ovaries.
Answered on May 5, 2016
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