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What does ASCUS mean? I got those results on a recent Pap test.

What does ASCUS mean? I got those results on a recent Pap test.

Positive pap: Ascus means Abnormal Scuamoqus Cell of Uncertain Source. It douse not mean you have cancer. But your doctor should look for a cause for this abnormality such as looking for HPV - human Papiloma virus, which could be the precursor for Cervical cancer. Most of the time a repeat pap is normal or negative. ...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


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Pap test HPV + ascus, colp. Was CIN 1 friable, having leep done. Each test shows worse. So I am worried. Brown discharge, pain n bleed. Idea of odds?

Pap test HPV + ascus, colp. Was CIN 1 friable, having leep done. Each test shows worse. So I am worried. Brown discharge, pain n bleed. Idea of odds?

HPV & CIN I: Once the LEEP procedure is done there will be a tissue diagnosis to determine if all of the abnormal cells were removed or not. At this earliest stage many CIN I's can spontaneously go away. However, do follow your MD's advice as HPV can cause cervical cancer. ...Read more

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If your pap smear results have been ASCUS for 4 yrs and colposcopy is normal could you have cervical cancer one year after your last test?

If your pap smear results have been ASCUS for 4 yrs and colposcopy is normal could you have cervical cancer one year after your last test?

Cervical cancer: Truly anything is possible but unlikely. With that many ASCUS paps I would request my slides be sent to a different pathology group for review. ...Read more

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Pap smear results came back as inflamed ascus- dr says it's inflamed normal cells. Hpv is negative. Had this happen again in 2012. What does it mean?

Pap smear results came back as inflamed ascus- dr says it's inflamed normal cells. Hpv is negative. Had this happen again in 2012. What does it mean?

Probably normal: A SCUS stands for atypical squamous cells of uncertain significance. That means the cells look funny. If the HPV is negative and it remains negative this is just an outlier under the microscope. If the HPV is positive you will need a biopsy. If The atypia persist you also will get a biopsy even if the HPV is negative. So at this point the HPV test is the most important predictor of whether you havso at this point the HPV test is the most important predictor of whether you have human papilloma virus infection ...Read more

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Two pap smear acus. Did colpscopy. Three lesions found and cervix inflamed. Biopsies normal, repeat smear due 3 mths. Wht reason x ascus then?

Two pap smear acus. Did colpscopy. Three lesions found and cervix inflamed. Biopsies normal, repeat smear due 3 mths. Wht reason x ascus then?

ASCUS: There is no answer to your question. Ascus means changes of 'unknown' significance. If there was a reason then they would be able to tell you. It surely sounds like your physician is treating you correctly. ...Read more

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Will atypical squamous cells (ASCUS) due to chlamydia show up in a Pap smear after only 3 days after sex? Are those cells visible immediately?

Will atypical squamous cells (ASCUS) due to chlamydia show up in a Pap smear after only 3 days after sex? Are those cells visible immediately?

Whoa: ASCUS may be due to HPV, inflammation, or an overcall by a concerned technologist. No one knows how fast they can pop up. There's a protocol for following them up. I'd be surprised if they could develop 3 days after meeting the chlamydia. Treat the infection and repeat the test. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Leep done for CIN 3. Clear margins. Pap smear 3 months later reads mild abnormalities. Doc says it's just inflammation. Then wouldn't it read ascus?

Leep done for CIN 3. Clear margins. Pap smear 3 months later reads mild abnormalities. Doc says it's just inflammation. Then wouldn't it read ascus?

Do not worry about I: Ascus will have no meaning in your case. It is only for folks who have minimal abnormality for the first time. Yours was already 3 steps ahead of it. Now it is under control as long as does not come back up to cin2-3. ...Read more

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I had a slightly ASCUS Pap smear results with negative for HPV and STDs. Gyno said inflammation from sex. Should I be concerned? Follow up soon.

I had a slightly ASCUS Pap smear results with negative for HPV and STDs. Gyno said inflammation from sex. Should I be concerned? Follow up soon.

No to worry: This is not anything worth worrying about right now. You should follow your Gyn's instructions. Did he ask you for a 6 month or one year follow up exam. You could do either and be OK. It takes many years for anything serious to develop on your cervix. ...Read more

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I experience abdominal pain and bloating. Could pap smear results ASCUS signify ovarian cancer and not only cervical? I have chronic HBV as well.

I experience abdominal pain and bloating. Could pap smear results ASCUS signify ovarian cancer and not only cervical? I have chronic HBV as well.

Pap smear: It would be unusual for Pap smears to reveal ovarian cancer. If you have chronic HBV there is new and highly effective therapy available, and since this condition can lead to hepatocellular carcinoma, and the inflammation from HPV on the cervix can lead to cervical carcinoma you should definitely go and be taken care of ASAP. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear result, chart online says A in "Flag" category w/ HSIL. With title "Pap IG, CT-Ng, rfx HPV ASCU what does this mean? Do I have HPV?

Abnormal pap smear result, chart online says A in "Flag" category w/ HSIL. With title "Pap IG, CT-Ng, rfx HPV ASCU what does this mean? Do I have HPV?

Follow up on this!: It is not entirely clear what this line means but let me break it down for you a bit. HSIL stands for high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion. This is one step before cervical cancer and if that's what the pap said, you need a colposcopy and cervical biopsy. CT usually means chlamydia was negative. Rfx HPV means reflex HPV in the event that the pap is ASCUS. HPV is positive for most HSIL. ...Read more

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Regular paps all normal then jan ASCUS April normal. Oct ASCUS. Fam Dr says re test in three months (HPV not tested). Ok to wait and retest? .?

Ascus: Its Ok but get a HPV next time. ASCUS with negative HPV is not a big concern ASCUS with positive HPV likely requires colposcopy. http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/PAP-HPV-testing ...Read more

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Yearly paps first abnormal pap - ascus - age 40. What is best follow up? Hpv test not done and not offered. How serious is this ascus result?

Yearly paps first abnormal pap - ascus - age 40. What is best follow up? Hpv test not done and not offered. How serious is this ascus result?

ASCUS: Ascus is not usually serious. It is just a red flag that your physician needs to do a repeat follow up test sooner than usual. It is also unusual, now a days, to not offer the hpv hybrid test with the pap smear. You should clarify with your physician why this vital test was not offered to you. ...Read more

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Reg pap rests age 23 result inconclusive regular follow up pap all normal. Pap 12-18 mth since 23 all normal. Recent pap age 40 ascus told pap in 6months. Invasive cancer? Hpv test not done?

Get an HPV test: I always do hpv testing on ascus paps. Because if it's hpv positive I would do a colposcopy right away. The chance of finding cancer in a ascus hpv (+) pap is less than 1%. But if it's hpv negative, you are off the hook, and I wouldn't repeat the pap for a year. ...Read more

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My sperm sample WBCS+ prescribed antibiotics. Wife's PAP Ascus, HPV+ Wife says this evidences infidelity. How do I explain these test results?

HPV: Any person who claims they know when or how someone got HPV is not telling the truth or is completely misinformed. Most humans get exposed to HPV (96% by age 26) in their youth. HPV migrates and one can infect themselves from hands or other parts of their body. HPV is not in any way specifically an STD nor can ANYONE, including the doctor, predict when or from whom one acquired HPV. ...Read more

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Wife had her 1st ascus pap result. The doctor then did an HPV dna/rna test & no results provided. Should she be concerned and request the results?

Wife had her 1st ascus pap result. The doctor then did an HPV dna/rna test & no results provided. Should she be concerned and request the results?

HPV DNA Testing: Yes. Simple as it sounds, please have your wife contact the physician who ran the test and request results. But, please be aware that these results often take a bit longer to be reported. And, once in a great while the testing medium is unable to isolate enough cells to do the test with any kind of accuracy and the test then needs to be repeated. But, this test is a very good improvement! ...Read more

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21 years old. Ascus, noted inflammation and rbc's in smear. Np stated treatment is to re pap in 6 months. Negative STD tests. Worry or not worry?

21 years old. Ascus, noted inflammation and rbc's in smear. Np stated treatment is to re pap in 6 months. Negative STD tests. Worry or not worry?

Pap Smears: First, not worry. You have a health care provider who is managing your care exactly right. Second, ascus is not cancer or pre-cancer. Third there is a test result missing and that is the hpv dna hybrid test. Redoing the pap smear in six months is a wise plan. ...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