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I was just told i had an abnormal pap test. what does it mean to have mildly abnormal dysplasia cells?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Common problem: Mild dysplasia is one of the first stages of abnormality to occur when a cervix is infected by hpv (human papiloma virus). This is a common probem and fortunately the body can often clear it by itself. While dysplasia can progress from mild to worse, this is easily treated and most therapy involves monitoring any changes and treating them if the get worse. Trust your OB and don't worry.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
A premalignant state: Carcinoma of the cervix, a common malignancies of uterus begins in the premalignant state. The Pap test reveals cells that already show signs of transformation or dysplasia. Detecting transforming cells by cytology, , is about 60%. This improves by sampling for HPV to about 80%. We have developed a new mAb (squamous) that gives better than 90% accuracy by IHC

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A 18-year-old female asked:

What does it mean to have abnormal cells on your pap smear? I was told i had dysplasia cells? should i worry?

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Follow advice: Worrying is not useful. Follow your doctor's advice for follow up tests. Disposals is reversible and may go away. Get HPV vaccine.

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