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what could causes an abnormal pap smear?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Usually HPV: A vaginal infection can sometimes be the cause of an abnormal pap smear. A cervical infection can as well (chlamydia, gonorrhea). The most common cause would be infection with human papilloma virus (hpv).
Answered on Jul 7, 2012
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many causes: Inflammation, precancerous changes usually due to hpv changes, hormonal changes (esp postmenopause), smoking!, and infectoins.
Answered on Jun 14, 2015
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