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Doctor insights on: Are Endometrial Biopsy And Pap Test The Same Thing

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?

Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?

Probably not: Though your doctor would most likely do the pap smear and endometrial biopsy at the same time, and in the office. The ultrasound may be before or after, and may be done at your doctors office, or at a hospital or imaging center. ...Read more

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Pelvic ultrasound shows thickness of lining to be 26mm. I am postmenopausal. Endometrial biopsy also pap smear negative I am obese. Worried

Pelvic ultrasound shows thickness of lining to be 26mm. I am postmenopausal.  Endometrial biopsy also pap smear negative I am obese. Worried

Postmenopausal bleed: The next recommendation is likely an endometrial biopsy. What was the indication for the ultrasound. Concerned rather than worried. The bottom line is to rule out endometrial cancer, especially if you have post menopausal bleeding. ...Read more

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I have slight pinkish discharge after intercourse married and no stds. Doc has done endometrial biopsy and ecc ,pap and HPV test all ngtv then why ?

I have slight pinkish discharge after intercourse  married and no stds. Doc has done endometrial biopsy and ecc ,pap and HPV  test all ngtv then why ?

Probably normal: First of all, it was a great idea to have this checked out. Pinkish discharge, or spotting, can have a serious cause. But since all your tests were normal, the symptom is probably normal for you. It may be due to a bit of trauma with the skin inside the vagina being irritated during intercourse. If there are spermicidals or other fluids, even semen, then the discharge is diluted -- pinkish. ...Read more

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Endometrial biopsy april nml pap last week neg HPV but showed endometrial cells I am scared what does this mean?

Endometrial biopsy april nml pap last week neg HPV but showed endometrial cells I am scared what does this mean?

What did your gyn : Say? Your gyn should have explained that you can see endometrial cells in the pap esp. If you had the pap during a period, if you did not then u should get a pelvic ultrasound to check the endometrial thickness and if too think then an in office hysteroscpy with biopsy, takes 5 minutes at the most when I do them in office, and it would be much more worrisome if they saw atypical endometrial cell. ...Read more

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[contd from q re: 60 year old to have endometrial biopsy] I have never had symptoms of uterine problems (bleeding, cramps, pain, etc). Why is this procedure being performed? My last pap was normal.

Why would: U let your doc do a procedure without asking him or her why ? I do not know any doc who would do that without a reason ! in my pts the reason i would do it and i would tell them the reason before hand , would be post menopausal bleeding, or too thick endometrium on a pelvic ultrasound, or endometrial cells seen on a pap, but my pt would know why and have the choice to refuse the bx. ...Read more

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I do not want to have a endometrial biopsy in office. What are my options? 59 year old woman with normal pap spotting blood & mild cramping

I do not want to have a endometrial biopsy in office. What are my options? 59 year old woman with normal pap spotting blood & mild cramping

Your options: Thanks for asking, Ann. Your physician may not have explained this in so many words, but you have cancer until proved otherwise. Neglect it for even a few more weeks, and you're greatly increasing your risk of dying. Think about the things you love to do, and the people who love you. Ask about having this done in outpatient surgery if the in-office option for some reason isn't comfortable. ...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