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I had a pap smear and the results say 2+ epithelial cells and 4 + gram positive bacilli. what does that mean?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Pap results: Epithelial cells are normal exterior cells which line the upper vagina. Most pap reports deal with "squamous cells" which occasionally have abnormal cell appearances. The "4 + gram positive bacilli" notation refers to bacterial growth from a certain type of bacteria. If you are having a discharge or odor, ask your gyn provider to get a culture to make sure treatment is not necessary.

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Last updated Apr 17, 2018

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