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Cost Of Pap Smears
Recommended: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal pap smear. Tested positive for hpv. Follow up pap smear almost 2 years later. No results yet. What are my risks of cervical cancer?
We do not guess: You are asking for physicians to guess. That does not happen. Let's see what your results are and then deal with them rationally. ...Read more
Follow doctor advice: You probably mean the test shows you are infected with a "high risk" type of HPV (not that you are at high risk of catching it). "High risk" means it could cause cancer. But don't worry -- the vast majority of cervical HPV infections, even with high risk types, don't progress to cancer. However, you must follow your doctor's advice about possible treatment and follow-up testing. ...Read more
Pap cpt: Original physician collection - no code, not billed separately. Always part of office visit, perhaps. 88164 Bethesda terminology manually read 88174 Automated machine read PAP smear 88142 All other PAP SMEAR types 88141 Pathologist's review charge. Always get one of first three codes, maybe 88141, if actual physician looks at slide, plus additional testing codes if slide is abnormal ...Read more
Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For good health- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uterine CA also.: The main purpose today is to spot cervical cancer. But abnormal uterine lining cells will also show up sometimes. In fact, the original purpose of the pap smear was to find uterine cancer! see more about the history of this amazing lifesaver, an explanation for some of the changes, and its wonderful pioneer nicholas papanicolaou here: http://www.Ama-assn.Org/amednews/2007/09/03/hlsa0903.Htm. ...Read more
In situ Ca: Pap smears define the presence of cells that have been curetted or shed from the cervix. The test which is about 60% accurate defines early malignancy where there is no cervical bleeding or lesion seen on colposcopy. Abnormal cells require biopsy to see if in situ cervix ca is developing. ...Read more