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Can A Pap Smear Detect Pid
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Of the cervix: That is the purpose of a pap. ...Read more
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
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
How soon can a pap smear detect a std? I had sex with a new partner, 3 days later I went for a pap smear, it came back positive for mild HPV with no symptoms, if this guy were to have given me a different STD such as chlamydia, would it appear so soon on
Depends: A std may show up on a pap result, but the pap is not intended to be a screen for std's. If there is concern for std exposure, then specific tests are warranted. ...Read more
Can a pap smear detect the most common std's like chlamydia, genital herpes, HIV infection, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis and hepatitis b?
No: It is a test to check for changes in cervical tissue. There are other tests for stds. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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