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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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Unable understand CYTOPATHOLOGY REPORT. "DEGENERATED ATYPICAL LYMPHOCYTES (SEE NOTE). *Poor cellular preservation prevents further evaluation.

Unable understand CYTOPATHOLOGY REPORT. "DEGENERATED ATYPICAL LYMPHOCYTES (SEE NOTE). *Poor cellular preservation prevents further evaluation.

Specimen Handling: This is not your abnormality, but the labs. Whoever prepared the slides for the pathologist to review did a poor job. You need this repeated. RJ ...Read more

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My pap test was reported as a false negative. What does that mean?

May be positive: A false negative test means the patient actually is positive for some abnormality, even though the test showed it was negative. You should call your doctor to see if you need a repeat pap smear to confirm the results. ...Read more

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I need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

I need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

Needs follow-up: It needs to be checked. The viral assays are changing the protocols. The test is a screen for cervical cancer and pre-cancer and as such is very sensitive -- but please do get the follow-up your physician suggests. ...Read more

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Where does one get pap smears done?

Where does one get pap smears done?

Usually your : Doctor's office. Other sites that provide the service are, medical clinics, local city or county health department, college health center, family planning centers and women’s health services. ...Read more

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I have been intimate with only one man in my life. Why is my pap smear abnormal?

I have been intimate with only one man in my life. Why is my pap smear abnormal?

Very common...: If your partner has ever been with another person, he could be an carrier. Hpv is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. Most people with hpv do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears hpv naturally within two years. ...Read more

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Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Recent changes: A woman should have her first pap test at age 21, and every 3 years after that. Beginning at age 30, screening for hpv is added to the pap test. ...Read more

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What is a Pap Smear? Why is it so important to have one done. What does a Pap Smear determine?

What is a Pap Smear? Why is it so important to have one done. What does a Pap Smear determine?

Papanicolaou Smear: Human Papilloma Virus is a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to cervical cancer. The Pap smear is a screening tool so as to identify lesions that may be precancerous or have HPV identification as not all HPV strains cause cancer. IT is done with a pelvic exam and a speculum is used to identify the cervix-entry to the uterus. HPV vaccines are available-please talk to Gyn about this! ...Read more

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What is the purpose of going for a pap smear? I am 17 and never had one.

What is the purpose of going for a pap smear? I am 17 and never had one.

Papsmear: Papsmear is a screening for cervical cancer. It is a test that tells the dr. Who is at risk of developing cervical cancer in the near future. Sometimes cervical cancers have been picked up through pap smears in people who have not had pap smears for a long time according to the recommendations . Your first papsmear should begin at age 21. You should get hpv vaccine. Please see your doctor as well. ...Read more

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