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can pid be detected during routine pap smear?

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Dr. Hermilando Payen
55 years experience Pathology
Extent of PID: You can have possibly some purulent discharge coming out of your cervical canal suggestive of pid which can be seen during speculum exam while obtaining pap smear.
Answered on Sep 12, 2013
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: At the time of the pap, if there is suspicion of a problem additional evaluation is generally done that would reveal the presence of pid or other issues. The pap smear itself may actually reveal some types of pelvic infections.
Answered on Jan 4, 2020

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