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What all can a colposcopy show?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

A pap smear is used to detect precancerous cells on the cervix but it does not tell you where the cells came from or how deep they go. A colposcopy is used to locate exactly where the problem is on the cervix and to find out how extensive or deep the abnormal cells go. Then a treatment plan can be determined.

Answered Sep 7, 2015

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Dr. Brian Nguyen answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts

Answered May 24, 2017

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