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How could my doctor diagnose cervical dysplasia?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland answered

Specializes in Gynecology

Pap smear and biopsy: The pap smear is a good screen to suggest that atypical cells or dysplastic cells are present. Because the pap is performed blindly, it doesn't always show the worst cells. The most exact way to diagnose dysplasia is by doing a colposcopy (looking at the cervix with a microscope after treating with a vinegar solution) and then doing a small biopsy of the abnormal areas.

Answered 7/4/2014

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Dr. John Kirk answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pap Smear: Obtaining a routine pap smear is the starting point to determine if you have dysplasia. Dysplasia is a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix commonly found in the population. It is almost always caused by the presence of a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (hpv). After an abnormal pap smear a colposcopy (magnified view) of the cervix with biopsies is sent to confirm.

Answered 12/22/2014

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