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A 43-year-old member asked:

What could causes an abnormal pap smear?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
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).
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many causes: Inflammation, precancerous changes usually due to hpv changes, hormonal changes (esp postmenopause), smoking!, and infectoins.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Abnormal pap smear, should I be concerned?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Elena Roukhadze
Pathology 15 years experience
Abnormal: Depends on the abnormality detected, but the proper management should be based on pap smear results. Do not panic, but, please, do not take it lightly and talk to your obgyn doctor.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is an abnormal pap smear?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
A sampling of your: Cervix shows cells that are not totally normal. There are different levels of abnormal cells, and depending on such findings, your doctor will proceed with further testing and or treatments.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have an abnormal pap smear?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends on severity: Depending on the severity of abnormality, it may just require retesting sooner than the usual 1-3 years. Hpv testing may be warranted. If abnormality is high grade, it may require colposcopic examination and biopsy.
A 23-year-old member asked:

I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells.
Dr. Marina Maslovaric
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
HPV is very common and usually goes away by itself. Majority of women will have an HPV infection in their life, but nothing will happen. Small percentage of women develop a higher grade infection which then persists and carries a small risk of cancer. It is important to maintain PAP schedule as recommended by your doctor to keep regular surveillance. HPV is common- cervical cancer is very rare !
Feb 13, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if I had a abnormal pap smear, now what?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics & Gynecology 19 years experience
Depends: It depends on the result, I need more information. Followup is ciritical, so be sure to go back for repeat or further testing as advised by your doctor. You can got to the ASCCP website for the most current guidelines on pap screening.

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