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Are endometrial biopsy and pap test the same thing?

Are endometrial biopsy and pap test the same thing?

No: The pap is testing the cervical cells. Teh endometrial biopsy is testing the cells from inside the uterus. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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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My last pap had endrometrial cells in it. My doctor has scheduled an endometrial biopsy from the uterus. I had just started my period at the time of the pap - could this produce the e-cells? What does the presence of the e-cells possibly indicate? What

My last pap had endrometrial cells in it. My doctor has scheduled an endometrial biopsy from the uterus. I had just started my period at the time of the pap - could this produce the e-cells? What does the presence of the e-cells possibly indicate? What

Likely from period: Yes endometrial cells on a pap smear can come from being on your period. That being said it is not considered normal to have these cells present. When found on a pap especially in women above 35 or with certain risk factors the appropriate next step is an endometrial biopsy to rule out cancer or precancerous cellular overgrowth in the endometrial lining. ...Read more

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My pap smear was negative for HPV but showed endometrial cells? What does this mean? My dr. Wants to do a biopsy.

My pap smear was negative for HPV but showed endometrial cells? What does this mean? My dr. Wants to do a biopsy.

It's a precaution: Endometrial cells come from your uterus. In women your age, about 12% show normal endometrial cells on their pap smear. Usually they are just normal cells that have "shed" into your pap smear. But about 1 in 10 times they can signal something abnormal is happening in your uterus, possibly cancer. It's recommended that any woman with these cells on a pap smear has further testing, just to be sure. ...Read more

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Had a pap smear on day 10 of menstration. Pap came back normal but shows endometrial cells on uterine lining. What does this mean? Going for a biopsy.

Likely okay: Typically, unless a woman is having irregular bleeding, endometrial cells on a pap aren't worrisome at all. That's based on a new recommendation for pap smear management. If you have irregular or heavy bleeding, doctor will want to rule out pre-cancer as cause, hence, biopsy of uterine lining. No harm in biopsy. Your doctor knows you best, so be sure to ask him/her why they have concerns for biops. ...Read more

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Why would a cervical biopsy be done if I have not had an abnormal pap test?

Hard to say,,: It may be that the doctor noticed something abnormal looking on the cervix while doing a pelvic exam or that you've not had an exam in a long time. Whatever the possible reason it's wise to follow this closely and discuss the results with your doctor. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Acus twice. Had colpscopy/biopsy 1 CIN 1, 2 negative x dysplasia. Hpv negative. Did pap test in June and normal now. Do I need colpscopy in december?

Acus twice. Had colpscopy/biopsy 1 CIN 1, 2 negative x dysplasia. Hpv negative. Did pap test in June and normal now. Do I need colpscopy in december?

No: If you have had CIN I. The recommendation is for you to have a pap smear every 6 months until 2 are normal 6 months apart, then to yearly screening. If your last pap was normal, colposcopy is not necessary. Repeat pap 6 months from your last and hopefully that will be normal. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy in january. Recently my pap test came back with agus cells, so I had a colposcopy & biopsy. Is pregnancy still possible?

Yes indeed: Congratulations on your focus both on getting good health care and your desire to become a mother. The biopsy results will determine whether there's anything in the endocervix that needs to be treated -- chances of a lesion requiring hysterectomy producing only "agus" are low. Be sure to maintain your thyroid medication through your pregnancy. ...Read more

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I had a pap test and biopsy done 3 days ago. And today I am experiencing very heavy bleeding, along with cramps and feeling dizzy. Is this normal?

I had a pap test and biopsy done 3 days ago. And today I am experiencing very heavy bleeding, along with cramps and feeling dizzy. Is this normal?

Not likely!: With heavy bleeding and feeling dizzy you may have lost a lot of blood. You should call the doctor who did the procedure (there should be someone on call if not the person who did the biopsy) or have someone bring you to the emergency room. ...Read more

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My pap test my pap test was abnormal, I did a biopsy last monday I have to go back on the 26th of this month. The doctor said base on the reults I might have to do a procedure call leep. My problem now is im having a discharge and it smells is their a ove

No simple answer: Leep is one type of treatment that may be appropriate depending on the exact pap result, your hpv status, your age, and the biopsy results. The treatment can also vary somewhat with your doctor's personal preferences. Check out guidelines from the asccp (there is even an app) to get a better idea of what your options are. ...Read more

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Received a diagnosis of AGUS on pap test. If the biopsies are ok, what could have caused this? I am a breast cancer survivor. I'm 42 w/limited menses

Cycle phase: Were you menstruating at the time the Pap smear was done? If not, next step most likely would be a pelvic ultrasound with an endometrial biopsy, if negative, repeat Pap test in 6 months when not menstruating. Best Wishes ...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