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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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Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Yes: At the time of the pap, if there is suspicion of a problem additional evaluation is generally done that would reveal the presence of pid or other issues. The pap smear itself may actually reveal some types of pelvic infections. ...Read more

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Do doctors check for PID in paps?

Do doctors check for PID in paps?

No: Doctors may check for gonorrhea and chlamydia in the process of doing a pap smear (using a separate swab). Those infections can cause pid. However, the diagnosis of pid is made based on symptoms and physical exam, not by a specific test. ...Read more

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My Pap test came back that I had chlymidia. Now I'm worried about pid. Would that have showed up on my Pap test?what test is done to see if I have pid?

Get treatment: Chlamydia is treatable and you should take treatment for it. It is customary to treat for both gonorrhea and chlamydia if a person has one. Please consult your doctor about getting tests for other STDs. PID does not show up on PAP tests, you need to be examined by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Could PID cause bleeding after sex? (had normal pap test 11 months ago)

Could PID cause bleeding after sex? (had normal pap test 11 months ago)

PID pain more common: PID causes a great deal of pain with sex and likely makes the recipient forget that the reason for the encounter was "pleasure". Post sex bleeding is a very unlikely presentation for PID. ...Read more

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I tested positive for HPV a year and half ago. Went for a pap the other day and I have PID but no signs of infection. Could this be a sign of cancer?

I tested positive for HPV a year and half ago. Went for a pap the other day and I have PID but no signs of infection. Could this be a sign of cancer?

Cervical infections: Testing positive for hpv puts you at a risk of cervical cancer but does not necessarily mean you will progress to cancer. It is important to be compliant with your pap smear exams so that cancer is not missed and early detection of precancerous cells can be managed. Just like hpv, pid is sexually transmitted but this kind of infection can lead to scarring of your pelvic organs if not treated. ...Read more

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I had chlamydia and PID when I had my pap done. Could this cause it to come back with lpil mild dysplasia. Dysplasia runs in my family too.

I had chlamydia and PID when I had my pap done. Could this cause it to come back with lpil mild dysplasia. Dysplasia runs in my family too.

Yes, but the reason : Pid and chlamydia are both sexually transmitted diseases. Lgsil is caused by hpv, also a sexually transmitted disease. Therefore, if you have one form of std, you could easily have another. Dyslasia is not inherited. However, you should use condoms and barrier methods of contraception to prevent stds--and perhaps talk to potential partners before sex so you don't get another infection. Safe sex! ...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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Before and during my pregnancy I had paps and STD testing. Nothing was wrong. Now a year later I find out I have pid. How was it missed?

Before and during my pregnancy I had paps and STD testing. Nothing was wrong. Now a year later I find out I have pid. How was it missed?

Exposures ???: I would suppose you & your partner have had additional exposures over the past year. You or your partner may have had a problem surface that was not detected by regular screening(or not specifically tested). You can review the findings with the treating physician, but the agent came in at some point & the actual form of pid may point to the timing involved. ...Read more

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I had a normal pelvic exam with no signs of pain. Normal Pap test. Was treated for chlamydia and all other STI checks negative. Could I have PID?

I had a normal pelvic exam with no signs of pain. Normal Pap test. Was treated for chlamydia and all other STI checks negative. Could I have PID?

Pelvic pain: Pain is one of the hallmarks of pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have had a normal Pap test and negative cultures, it is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Dull rt lower pelvicpain radiates to leg, ultsd-ve, ct-ve, ca125normal, pap-ve, pid-ve, uti-ve, lower back pain, cramps, snc 2 mths, c sctn 3 yrs ago, no dx

Spinal dysfunction: See a do who specializes in manual treatments. It could be a mechanical problem. With th lumbar spine. Xrays should be done or possibly a mri. ...Read more

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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 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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Will a pap smear detect a molar pregnancy?

Molar pregnancy: A pap smear is a test for cervical cancer or precancers. This will not detect molar pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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What is a pap smear?

What is a pap smear?

A cancer screen: A pap smear is a screening test used to detect cervical cancer and precancer. ...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 woman 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 woman should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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Is the pap smear supposed 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 problem. ...Read more

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Is there a way for your pap smear not to hurt?

Yes: Pap smear is uncomfortable because it is not in a very comfortable area. However, there are definitely ways to decrease the discomfort. The pain is caused by the speculum and pressure from the stretching as it opens the area for a pap smear to be done. If the speculum is properly warmed and not too large and if more time is given to slowly open the speculum, the discomfort is less. ...Read more

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What are pap smear callbacks and how are they triggered?

Abnormal or insuff?: The most common reason for a patient to be called back is that the pap is abnormal or atypical. In this case either a colposcopy may be done or the pap may be repeated a few months later to see if it is still abnormal. Another reason to be called back is that there were insufficient cells in the sample and another one needs to be sent. ...Read more

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Positive HPV on pap smear mean?

Positive HPV on pap smear mean?

Need for close : Follow-up. Most patients with hpv do not suffer ill-effects, however, 80% of the cervical cancers are caused by hpv. Therefore, it is prudent that you follow your doctor's directions in getting regular pap smears. ...Read more

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Have a UTI will my pap smear hurt?

UTI: That would be very unusual. One should not have a direct effect on the other. ...Read more

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What cancers show up on a pap smear?

What cancers show up on a pap smear?

Quite a bit: The pap smear, which is a screening test only and not a diagnostic test, can show signs of cervical cancer, uterine cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and even in some cases, ovarian cancer. It can also show signs of cancers that have spread to these organs from other parts of the body (metastatic cancer). Very early dysplasias (pre-cancers) of the cervix are what it does best. ...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