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Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are scar tissue which can form after any abdominal surgery. The severity depends on whether infection/inflammation was present at the time of surgery. Adhesions are like bands or spider webs that form around the abdominal organs/intestines. Sometimes adhesions are light and cause no problems, sometimes tremendous problems, like crazy glue in the abdomen. Can ...Read more


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Can scar tissue on vaginal vault, told from child birth commonly b mis diagnosis during pap (only by touch) then unnoticed by myself &same partner for8yrs unsure HPV tested @pap in 09 no size change no pain?

Can scar tissue on vaginal vault, told from child birth commonly b mis diagnosis during pap (only by touch) then unnoticed by myself &same partner for8yrs unsure HPV tested @pap in 09 no size change no pain?

No: Not quite sure what you're describing but it wouldn't be picked up on a pap test. If your pap was hpv pos in the past and now it's normal it just means your body fought it off on it's own. ...Read more

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Do sperms show in a pap smear result paper?

Do sperms show in a pap smear result paper?

No: Sperm are relatively frequent in pap smears and under ordinary circumstance do not even appear in a report in most institutions. ...Read more

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How many days later can trich show in your pap smear?

How many days later can trich show in your pap smear?

Unclear question: Trich may show up in pap smear, though the test is not designed to detect trich.
How may days later than what? ...Read more

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Will a pap smear show if there are abnormal cells of the cervix?

Will a pap smear show if there are abnormal cells of the cervix?

Yes: Yes, a pap smear is a routine screening test recommended for all females of certain age groups.

During a pap smear, your physician swabbed your cervix and has sent the specimen to the pathologist who will assess for the presence of any abnormal cells. Speak to your doctor about the test results. ...Read more

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What vaginal infections show on a pap smear?

What vaginal infections show on a pap smear?

Trichomonas vaginali: Trichomonas vaginalis, fungal organisms morphologically consistent with candida spp., herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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Pap smear results show high risk of hpv. What should I do?

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

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Pap smear results using Bethesda system showed normal. No organisms found, but shows severe acute inflammation? What does it mean?

Pap smear results using Bethesda system showed normal. No organisms found, but shows severe acute inflammation? What does it mean?

Cervical dna probes: In addition to a pap did you have STD screening or a wet prep for further workup. If not you may need to have these done. Inflammation can be from many causes that are not necessarily picked up with a pap alone. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear show presence of vaginal discharge syndrome? If vaginal discharge is white and stains underwear and get musty smell is it normal?

Maybe: Bacterial vaginosis (due to gardnerella sp), candida (yeast) and trichomoniasis are all infections that can cause discharge and are readily detected on pap exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a Pap smear to show squamous cells but a biopsy to just show inflammation?

Is it possible for a Pap smear to show squamous cells but a biopsy to just show inflammation?

Yes: Pap is a technique of gathering cells shed from cervix and then staining them to see if pattern of malignant cells seen. If yes then bx performed to see of there is an in-situ area which when neg would suggest inflammatory cells. New squamous Ca antibody stains show only Ca and transforming cells but not inflammation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see endometrial tissue on a pap smear right after period ends?

Is it normal to see endometrial tissue on a pap smear right after period ends?

It is normal, howeve: Exfoliated endometrial cells are commonly seen in specimens, obtained during the proliferative phase of the menstrual cycle. However, endometrial cells have been considered a potential harbinger of endometrial adenocarcinoma when seen in cervical/vaginal cytology preparations of postmenopausal woman.
In a woman 40 years old or older endometrial cells should be reported and follow up need. ...Read more

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Does a pap smear accurately show trichamonas vaginalis. My doctor said I have it but my partner does not. How is this possible?

Does a pap smear accurately show trichamonas vaginalis. My doctor said I have it but my partner does not. How is this possible?

It often is accurate: If a pap smear shows trichomonas it is often correct, but an office exam with a microscopic wet smear may be helpful for the diagnosis. Trichomonas is a free-living one-celled organism that can live anywhere there is moisture; it can be transmitted through casual contact with bodies of water or any moist object. It is therefore possible that you may have it and your partner does not. ...Read more

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Do doctors in the us offer testing for mycoplasma genitalium or is it only in the research settting? Will it show up on pap smear?

Culture: Usual test is culture but it is not very effective. Nucleic acid tests have not been approved by fda. If you think you have mycoplasma, you need to be tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Mycoplasma can be treated with antibiotics. Pap smear is not a good test for this infection. ...Read more

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Pap smear result shows reactive cellular changes. Does this indicate hpv? Also shows moderate inflammation. Followup recommended. What does this mean

It does not: You have some inflammation due perhaps to mild physical injury or a non-hpv infection. The smear should probably be repeated because the injury changes can mask the premalignant changes that the pap smear looks for. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If on pap smear shows cin1 - im about to travel 3 months- do I take a risk it will progress? Or it will be safe to wait 3 months for treatment? Thanks

CIN1 does not requir: You do not need any active treatment for cin1 as it often resolves by itself. So you can travel safely as it may take months to years for it to get better or worse. Only cin3 requires active treatment. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test? .

Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test? .

Yes: Pap smear may pick up endometrial cancer, but it will miss more than it will pick up. Pap is far more useful for detecting cancer of the uterine cervix. ...Read more

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Is it standard for an ObGyn to take a cell phone picture during a Pap smear to show a woman a stress based irritation, especially without consent?

Is it standard for an ObGyn to take a cell phone picture during a Pap smear to show a woman a stress based irritation, especially without consent?

Pics w'out consent: It is not ethical for any doctor to take any pictures of any part of your body or share any part of your case history or physical examination or blood test results with anyone, without your consent. Thanks ...Read more

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Had a pap smear on day 10 of menstration. Pap came back normal but shows endometrial cells on uterine lining. What does this mean? Going for a biopsy.

Had a pap smear on day 10 of menstration. Pap came back normal but shows endometrial cells on uterine lining. What does this mean? Going for a biopsy.

Likely okay: Typically, unless a woman is having irregular bleeding, endometrial cells on a pap aren't worrisome at all. That's based on a new recommendation for pap smear management. If you have irregular or heavy bleeding, doctor will want to rule out pre-cancer as cause, hence, biopsy of uterine lining. No harm in biopsy. Your doctor knows you best, so be sure to ask him/her why they have concerns for biops. ...Read more

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What exactly is a pap smear and what does it show?

What exactly is a pap smear and what does it show?

Risk of cancer: It is a screening test to look for changes in cells that may at risk of becoming cancerous. If done correctly, the test can prevent vast majority of the cases of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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What cancers show up on a pap smear?

What cancers show up on a pap smear?

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

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My pap smear shows no organism found but wth reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation severe. What could this be?

My pap smear shows no organism found but wth reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation severe. What could this be?

Trauma: Inflammation is a reactive change. It is caused by an infection in many cases, but trauma, reaction to tampons, douches, etc can cause this. ...Read more

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Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

No effect on test: The pap smear takes cell samples from your cervix, which is the bottom part of the uterus. Any debris in the vagina is separate from the inner canal of the cervix.
If you still have concerns, please speak honestly with the gynecologist / primary care doctor performing this exam. He /she will work to answer questions and give you great healthcare. Good luck. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more