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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?

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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My pap smear came back saying possible squamous lesion what does this mean ? Can there be a false thin prep smear reading

My pap smear came back saying possible squamous lesion what does this mean ? Can there be a false thin prep smear reading

Get follow-up: Your physician knows what to do given your personal history. There are very few overcalls with the new thin preps and you owe it to yourself and those who love you to follow this up. ...Read more

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My cervical pap smear test report is negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy with sever inflammatory smear dr. Plz say about treatment?

My cervical pap smear test report is negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy with sever inflammatory smear dr. Plz say about treatment?

Your GYN can help: There is nothing to worry about. You may need a short course of antibiotics in case there is vaginal infection(ask your gynecologist about it. But the main purpose of pap is to make sure you do not have cancer of the cervix or precancer conditions caused by hpv. In that regard you should be happy that it is all well. ...Read more

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What do abnormal pap test results mean?

What do abnormal pap test results mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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What do benign reactive changes in pap test mean?

What do benign reactive changes in pap test mean?

Nothing to worry abo: If the changes are benign, that means there is no sign of cancer .So you can relax and be happy. Reactive does not mean anything special...So you can ignore it. ...Read more

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When taking a pap test does baby powder effect your test?

No, it should not: Pap test is looking for abnormal cells under the microscope, so this would not interfere. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have a pap test that comes back showing abnormal cells?

Depends "abnormal": There is a wide range of abnormal pap smear results. Some tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. Since "abnormal" can mean so many things, you should ask your doctor specifically what it showed. ...Read more

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Does a woman that has had a hysterectomy need a pap test? Lost my cobra

Does a woman that has had a hysterectomy need a pap test? Lost my cobra

It depends.: This depends on what you got the hysterectomy for, and whether or not it includes the cervix. Usually it is taken with the uterus, etc., but there may be times it is not. Also if hysterectomy was done for cancer, etc. Follow-up is definitely needed. It would be wise to get checked anyway since you might have/develop endometriosis from abdominal seeding, etc. Go see your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Hi I just got a Pap test today and I am bleeding a lot is that normal?

Hi I just got a Pap test today and I am bleeding a lot is that normal?

VAGINAL BLEEDING : Vaginal bleeding, a small amount after a pap is normal. A large amount needs a full evaluation. Follow up with your doctor for repeat exam/Labs. You may need a work up for clotting disorders and a pelvic ultrasound to check for any source of the bleeding . IF IT WORSENS ACUTELY GO TO THE ER. ...Read more

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My dr told me i had genatl warts he did a pap test to he told me it was slightly abnormal is this normal?

Yes: You can have a slightly abnormal pap test with genital warts. Without knowing the result of the test, it is hard to comment further. ...Read more

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Is a pap test reason for a call back?

If it is abnormal: U will get a call or some docs call you to let u know it is normal if I am understanding yiour ? Correctly. ...Read more

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Do abnormal pap test results mean cancer?

No: There are multiple grades and types of abnormalities detected on pap. You should discuss the results with your doctor. ...Read more

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I pap test can tell if you have infection?

No: Pap is specifically to test for abnormal cells that can be an indication for a pre-cancerous condition. There are other tests (with different chemicals) to test for various infections. These are usually done at the same time as the pap test. ...Read more

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Could I have HPV if my pap test was normal?

Yes: It is possible to have been exposed to hpv and still have a normal pap test. There is a specific test for hpv that you can request, but the good thing is that with a normal pap test there is some reassurance that, even if you have been exposed, it is not currently causing complication. Keep getting paps as recommended to stay healthy! ...Read more

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When is a pap test result considered abnormal?

When is a pap test result considered abnormal?

With abnormal cells.: A pap is abnormal when there are atypical cells in it. These may be atypical from infection, in which case there would be other evidence, like white cells, organisms, blood, etc.. They can be atypical due to neoplastic changes, so there would be cells called consistent with low or high grade neoplasia. Rarely, if a cause is not pinpointed, the smear is atypical with undetermined significance. ...Read more

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During pap test what kind of infection do they check?

Screening cancer/HPV: It checks for changes in the cells of your cevix.It can find earliest sign of carvical cancer.It does not test for any infection, but sometimes patients may be given hpv/dna testing as well if indicated but other infections can be screened at the same exam if indicated but not part of pap test. ...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