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Had few abnormal pap smear&colposcopy showed minor changes, had few more paps came back abnormal with HPV got to have another colposcopy can you help?

Had few abnormal pap smear&colposcopy showed minor changes, had few more paps came back abnormal with HPV got to have another colposcopy can you help?

Colposcopy best : Colposcopy is the best way to evaluate abnormal pap smears. Fortunately women in their 20's can fight off hpv infections without specific treatment but it may take 1-2 years to do so. So long as no high grade changes are seen, one can just wait it out. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Crabb
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Colposcopy (Definition)

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which ...Read more


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Keep getting abnormal pap smear but my colposcopy comes out normal just irritation. What can this mean?

Keep getting abnormal pap smear but my colposcopy comes out normal just irritation. What can this mean?

HPV vaccine: If the PAP results are abnormal, it is important that you get regular follow-up tests. You are young enough to take HPV vaccine, which prevents most HPV related diseases. ...Read more

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What does it mean by abnormal pap smear and then after colposcopy, it's normal?

What does it mean by abnormal pap smear and then after colposcopy, it's normal?

Abnormal clls on PAP: This likely means that there are abnormal cells on your pap smear, and that colposcopy found nothing. But you will need and hopefully got a cervical biopsy during your colposcopy, and another pap next year at the earliest if your biopsy was negative. It is not normal, but it probably does not have enough evidence that there is neoplasia/pre-cancer. Keep close follow-up with your dr. To be sure. ...Read more

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Had abnormal pap smear and then a colposcopy. Went back a year later and no abnormal cells present. Does this mean I have HPV?

You had HPV now gone: Abnormal cells of the cervix always means HPV; you can be sure you had HPV at the time of your abnormal pap and colposcopy. With your pap smear now normal, it is likely that the underlying HPV infection also has cleared up. Confirm with the doctor who treated you. Also ask her about getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of future infections with high-risk and wart-causing HPV strains. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: The recommendation for colposcopy depends on the specific pap result as well as the age of the patient and in some cases hpv status. In many cases, a repeat pap smear at 6 months is appropriate. ...Read more

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How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: Depends on the abnormality found, if the pap shows abnormal cells with high risk hpv types, then coloposcopy is indicated. If the pap shows anything more abnormal such as low grade or high grade dysplasia, then colposcopy is performed. Generally, colposcopy is performed at the most every 6 months depending on the level of dysplasia. ...Read more

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Just found out not too long ago that I had an abnormal pap smear do I have to have a colposcopy?

Just found out not too long ago that I had an abnormal pap smear do I have to have a colposcopy?

Depends: There are various grades of abnormalities in pap smears. Mild abnormality, especially if you are hpv negative, may be followed by repeat pap. More severe abnormality may prompt colposcopy and biopsy. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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I have a mild abnormal pap smear, dr. did not give me detail he just said come back for a colposcopy. What does it mean to have a mild abnormal pap?

I have a mild abnormal pap smear, dr. did not give me detail he just said come back for a colposcopy. What does it mean to have a mild abnormal pap?

Need for examination: Colposcopy will allow the doctor to examine the cervix in more detail and s/he may take a biopsy to resolve the abnormality in the PAP test. It does not mean you have cancer, just that abnormality needs to be investigated. You are young enough that you should take HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Should i be worried that I have an abnormal pap smear ? And have to go to a colposcopy clinic

Should i be worried that I have an abnormal pap smear ? And have to go to a colposcopy clinic

Try not to: The colposcopy will really tell you if there is anything significant to worry about. Many cervix changes will get better over time as well, but the colposcopy is needed to find out what is really happening. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear. Would an undetected pregnancy cause it? I have to have a colposcopy done and I nervous about the result.

Abnormal pap: Abnormal paps are caused by inflammation, viruses or aging not pregnancy. You should have a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the abnormal pap and plan appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Since fall of 2011 I have had 4 abnormal pap smears and a colposcopy with a biopsy that came back as atypical benign. Should i be worried?

Need LEEP: If you have had abnormal paps, followed by a colposcopy, followed be persistent abnormal paps, then you need an excisional procedure on the cerix called a leep. There may be unidentified problems that should be addressed more definitively. ...Read more

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What could an abnormal pap smear mean?

What could an abnormal pap smear mean?

PAP smear: Definition of abnormal pap smear is too broad. It depends on the type of the abnormality detected. In any case any abnormal pap smear should be taken seriously and the obgyn should be contacted immediately. ...Read more

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What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Colposcopy.: If your pap smear is abnormal, you are scheduled for colposcopy to see where the abnormal lesion is on your cervix. Acetic acid is added and the lesion shows up as a white patch. Then a procedure like cone or leep biopsy is done and this is examined by a pathologist, who evaluates the lesion. Depending on the result, the next step is determined by you and you doctor. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the reasons for an abnormal pap smear?

Need expert help here. What are the reasons for an abnormal pap smear?

HPV infection: Infection with the sexually transmitted virus, hpv, is the commonest cause. Other issues are smoking, other sexually transmitted infections, hormonal imbalance and genetic susceptibility. Visit this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/pap/. ...Read more

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Does an abnormal pap smear mean I have hpv?

Depends: Abnormal pap smear can be due to low grade infection also. Hpv testing can be done to find and confirm hpv infection. ...Read more

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Can an abnormal pap smear be due to candida?

See below: Candida casues the nucllei to be slightly enlarged and thedn the pap smear may be misread but it does not cause relayy abnormal pap smears. ...Read more

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Are abnormal pap smear and HPV the same thing?

Almost: Iy is estimated that over 98% of abnormal paps are caused by hpv and over 99% of cervical cancers are caused by hpv. The pap smear is looking at the cervical cells, hpv is the virus that can infect and affect those cells. ...Read more

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Can age and medication play a role in abnormal pap smear.

Yes: Some chemotherapy can increase the risk of an abnormal pap.In women infected with HPV, drugs to treat autoimmune disease and steroids can hinder the immune system's ability to control the virus and this increases the risk of abnormalities.It is common to have a low grade abnormal pap in your teens and twenties when first infected. This usually clears without treatment. It's more worrisome after 35 ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more