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what is the definition or description of: metaplasia?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Change...: Metaplasia is thought to be an adaptation of the body that replaces one type of cell with another, usually caused by some sort of stress. Metaplasia is not cancerous, per se, but depending on the circumstances, may be a very early step in the process of a normal cell becoming cancerous.
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Changed tissue: "metaplasia" refers to one tissue type undergoing a change to another, such as bronchial lining (which is usually a single layer of cells, "respiratory epithelium" becoming multi-layered and heavily keratinized, so-called squamous metaplasia. This is common in smokers. Other such changes can produce tissue such as bone in abnormal sites.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Whats squamous metaplasia?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Benign / worrisome: Usually this is a pap smear finding. Metaplasia is replacement of a normal mature tissue type with another normal mature tissue type, in the cervix the columnar epithelium in the endocervix replaced by a squamous type. It is usually caused by the hpv virus and depending on the strain may present a slightly increased risk for progression toward something that is actually dangerous.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is "atypical squamous metaplasia" ?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Abnormal cells: These are abnormal cells but they are not cancerous at present. So you need it rechecked as instructed by your doctor as there may be increased risk of developing cancer in this location in the future.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment of squamous metaplasia?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
No standard treatmen: This is not a cancer but precancerous change. Sometimes it can be excised(if it is not too extensive). Otherwise there is no good solution except monitor closely for any further change or cancer development.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Help! I've been having chronic endocervisitis with squamaous metaplasia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need to see doctor: You apparently saw a doctor and may be had a PAP. Your doctor can determine if an intervention is needed. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you.

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