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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

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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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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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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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

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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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I had abnormal pap smear then had second one was normal which one do I believe. All within 3 weeks of each other. Doctor wants to do colposcope.?

Discuss with doctor: Please review yours pap reports with your doctor. What means first pap was abnormal? It could be high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, low grage sil, carcinoma, etc.? Discuss with your doctor results and listen explanations. You always has right to refuse from colposcopy, but most probably doctor has reasons to do colposcopic evaluation, and it safe for you to follow his/her advise. ...Read more

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If I have abnormal pap smear hpv not vesibal genital wart. And I get baby by normal vaginal delivary dose my baby get infected by hpv? Please help

If I have abnormal pap smear hpv not vesibal genital wart. And I get baby by normal vaginal delivary dose my baby get infected by hpv? Please help

If you have HPV,: The infant can acquire it during delivery. "Congenital HPV" can make a newborn very sick. I don't know how old your baby is, but the symptoms can begin up to 30 days after delivery. Women with obvious lesions are more likely to transmit HSV to the baby, so your baby's risk is lower. It's also lower if you got your first outbreak before pregnancy. Please talk with your pediatrician. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What does an abnormal pap smear mean?

Depends: It depends what the pathologist has said as to why it is abnormal. In any case a follow up is needed with your doctor and further pap tests required ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an abnormal pap smear?

What does it mean to have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends on severity: Depending on the severity of abnormality, it may just require retesting sooner than the usual 1-3 years. Hpv testing may be warranted. If abnormality is high grade, it may require colposcopic examination and biopsy. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a abnormal pap smear, now what?

Depends: It depends on the result, I need more information. Followup is ciritical, so be sure to go back for repeat or further testing as advised by your doctor. You can got to the ASCCP website for the most current guidelines on pap screening. ...Read more

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What exactly does having an abnormal pap smear mean?

What exactly does having an abnormal pap smear mean?

More vigilance: Depending on the severity of the abnormality it may require as little as continuing annual paps; colposcopic examination, may be a biopsy, and in very severe cases removal of a cone of the cervix. ...Read more

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I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had a abnormal pap smear, now what?

Depends: Not all abnormal PAPs are the same. You should be given specific instructions by your GYN provider - regarding what the next step in your care should be. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a abnormal pap smear in 2001 and now have hgsil CIN 2?

What to do if I had a abnormal pap smear in 2001 and now have hgsil CIN 2?

Followup with dr!: If your pap showed HGSIL, you need to have a colposcopy done. If you already did and the biopsy shows CIN 2, you will likely need a procedure to remove the surface of the cervix containing the abnromal cells. ...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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What does it mean to have agus abnormal pap smear results?

What does it mean to have agus abnormal pap smear results?

Requires evaluation: Newer term is agc, atypical glandular cells. It means that the cervix and uterus (endometrium or lining of the uterus) require further evaluation by a gynecologist who will further test the cells to look for cancer. Follow up is important because caught early, this can be treated. Ignored, it can lead to cancer. Definitely don't panic, but be sure to follow up for additional tests without delay. ...Read more

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Can being pregnant cause an abnormal pap smear? Help please?

Hormonal changes.: During pregnancy the female hormonal levels are different than during a non-pregnant state. Hormones (like estrogen) have an impact on the appearance of the cervical lining (which is sampled in Pap tests). These hormonal changes can make the cervical cells look 'less mature'. This appearance of the cells is different but not 'abnormal' and should not be confused with pre-cancer or malignancy. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear low grade. Does this mean cancer?

I had an abnormal pap smear low grade. Does this mean cancer?

Not cancer: If your pap smear shows LSIL, which stands for low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, most doctors will not do anything immediately. You will probably be asked to come back in six months for another pap smear to see if the lesions are still present. In many cases, the lesions disappear over time and there are no further problems. If you return for your second pap smear and the finding is still present, you will probably be advised to have a coloposcopy done. A coloposcopy is a procedure performed in a doctor's office and is typically the first step in diagnosing cervical cancer ...Read more

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If you have hpv, will you get an abnormal pap smear right away?

If you have hpv, will you get an abnormal pap smear right away?

HPV is tricky: Hpv can show up on your pap smear quickly or years later. The good news: healthy young women may clear hpv. The bad news: some will progress to cancer. Men have no symptoms and you can even get hpv through a condom. If any of his past girl friends have had a bad pap smear or been to the gyn a lot for unknown reasons, do not have sex with him until you are married. He is not worth the risk. ...Read more

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How will I know what does an abnormal pap smear mean while pregnant?

See below: Sometimes Folic Acid deficiency causes the pap to be slightly abnormal and misread I would ask my OB gyn about that and see if you should take folate (folic acid) and repeat the pap. ...Read more

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Slightly abnormal pap smear, negative HPV results, what does this mean and should I be concerned?

Depends: Most likely there is not much concern if the hpv dna test is negative. Slightly abnormal paps could be secondary to atrophy or mild inflammation. ...Read more

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