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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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Does a woman still need a pap smear if she was a virgin and is only with one man (husband) now? When can she stop pap smears?

Does a woman still need a pap smear if she was a virgin and is only with one man (husband) now?  When can she stop pap smears?

Yes now till age 65: All women should start having pap smears by age 21. If she never has an abnormal smear or any cervical dysplasia or cancer, paps normally are not needed after age 65. ...Read more

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Is it true hpv can clear itself? Positive for 15 yrs, paps still normal. Only one partner past 15 yrs. Can he have it and be reinfecting me? Confused

Is it true hpv can clear itself? Positive for 15 yrs, paps still normal. Only one partner past 15 yrs. Can he have it and be reinfecting me? Confused

Clearing/hibernating: HPV is a family of virus strains that can have an initial active period before they clear & go dormant or "hibernate" within an infected person indefinitely. Those strains affiliated with genital warts may respond to treatments or seem to clear, only to emerge again later. Non-wart strains associated with cancer can shed intermittently and emerge decades later with precancerous changes. ...Read more

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Had abnormal PAP tests last year now cycle has shortened last one only having 7 days between periods, both heavy + lasting 5days. What can cause this?

Had abnormal PAP tests last year now cycle has shortened last one only having 7 days between periods, both heavy + lasting 5days. What can cause this?

Hormonal imbalance: Your abnormal PAP and menstrual irregularities are likely to be unrelated. It would be prudent to consult your gynecologist as it may not be a suitable topic for this forum. You may wish to start taking oral iron supplements to prevent anemia from excessive bleeding. ...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 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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