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A 37-year-old female asked:

following pap smear i need to have a colposcopic examination with biopsy and 'atypical spindle cell tumour needs to be excluded'. what is this?

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Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine 12 years experience
ASCUS: The preferred approach for evaluation of women ages 25 or older with ASC-US cytology is testing for high-risk types of HPV with triage of women who test positive to colposcopy. Use of HPV testing to triage further evaluation of ASC-US is the most effective strategy for detecting high-grade premalignant disease or cervical cancer.

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Last updated Dec 13, 2015

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