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Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

No: Not really. The pelvic exam can rule out any masses or major abnormalities. Pcos is diagnosed based on clinical findings and abnormalities in blood work(hormonal). Endometriosis is diagnosed by laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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DX PID in Er. Had US and Pap. Pap normal, negative for std/sti. Confused about other possible causes, or was this incorrect dx? No hx endometriosis

DX PID in Er. Had US and Pap. Pap normal, negative for std/sti. Confused about other possible causes, or was this incorrect dx? No hx endometriosis

Possibly Wrong DX: I find that ERs over diagnose women who present with pelvic pain and/or vaginal discharge with PID. It would help to have more information, including symptoms you had. I assume they Rxd antibiotics , and your US was normal. They likely tested you for GC/Chlamydia, which are the most common causes of PID, but not the only pathogens that can cause it. If no better see gyn specialist. Take Care. ...Read more

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This is the third time I have started my menstrual cycle in one month, I am passing blood clots what can I do? I was told I have endometriosis, for the past two years I have been getting abnormal paps. I have been in and out of the ER for pelvic pain and

This is the third time I have started my menstrual cycle in one month, I am passing blood clots what can I do? I was told I have endometriosis, for the past two years I have been getting abnormal paps. I have been in and out of the ER for pelvic pain and

Need evaluation: By definition this is abnormal bleeding (not true menstrual cycles).Endometriosis can cause abnl menses, but depending on your age, weight, other causes may be contributing. Hx of irregular/skipping periods can result in build up of lining in uterus then heavy/irreg bleeding; thyroid problms, polyps, precancerous changes or cancer(of cvx or ut), ovarian cysts, fibroids can cause.Need to see gyn dr. ...Read more

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Surg only way to diag endometriosis? Since Csection pain in hip during pms,bad cramps ultrasounds labs pap were fine dr not concerned hormone changes?

Surg only way to diag endometriosis? Since Csection pain in hip during pms,bad cramps ultrasounds labs pap were fine dr not concerned hormone changes?

Ultrasound may help: Although surgical evaluation with a laparoscope is the only certain way to diagnose endometriosis many times an ultrasound can raise suspicion or provide strong support for the diagnosis. A negative ultrasound, however, does not rule out the condition ...Read more

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Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

Pap smear: No. Pap smear is a screening exam to detect early stage of cervical cancer. It will not tell if it is pregnant or not. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a pap smear detect ovarian cysts?

No: The pap smear tests for abnormal cells in the cervix. Sometimes we see cells that shed from the endometrium or fallopian tubes that exit through the cervix, but ovarian cells or tissues are not normally present. Ovarian cysts are usually diagnosed by ultrasound or seen by your doctor and removed for diagnosis during a laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear detect HPV if so how soon after infection can it be detected?

HPV specific test: PAP smear can detect HPV some of the time. There are more sensitive and specific tests for HPV. See this site for more information on HPV. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm ...Read more

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What diseases can a pap smear detect? I've heard that a pap can be used as a means for early detection of cervical cancer. Are there any other diseases that it can find?

Yes: Pap smear can defind cervical cancer including squamous carcinoma and adenocarcinoma, and cell changes which could be precancer changes ( follow up is important). Pap smear can reveal trichomonas vaginalis, herpes virus changes, fungal organisms-candida, can reveal normal and atypical endometrial cells. Metastasis to the cervix could be seen on pap. ...Read more

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What is a pap smear?

What is a pap smear?

Screen for cancer: Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion"). This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure. ...Read more

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How important is pap smear?

How important is pap smear?

Could be very.: The pap smear is a way to find cervical cancer before it becomes serious. Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease and young women are at highest risk of the disease. If you have had abnormal paps, infection with the hpv virus or multiple sex partners you may be at risk for cervical cancer and should have discussion about appropriate screening with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it to get a pap smear imporant?

Life saving for some: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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Is the pap smear suppose to be painful?

No not ususally: It depends on who is doing it, how big your vagina is what size speculum is used what your pain threshold is , but it should only usually be not painful or only mildly uncomfortable, sometimes it is painful if you have a specific problems. ...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