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What does it mean to have endometrial cells on a normal pap smear?

What does it mean to have endometrial cells on a normal pap smear?

Endometrial cells: Within normal limits Pap smear result means that no cell lesions or malignancy have been found. Reactive cellular changes, cellular atrophy, and endometrial cells present are normal variables. Pap smears are an excellent tool, but are not perfect. ...Read more

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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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Are endometrial cells over 40 normal on a pap smear?

Not normal: Generally it is considered abnormal when that happens - it should be investigated. ...Read more

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I am 45 years old and just has my pap smear as well as an ultrasound last week. Pap and ultra were normal but it came back with endometrial cells.

Endometrial cells: I wonder if you mean "endocervical" cells, as those are what we want to see when you have a pap to indicate that there is an adequate sample to rule out issues. Are you sure about them being "endometrial"? ...Read more

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My pap smear was negative for HPV but showed endometrial cells?What does this mean?My dr. Wants to do a biopsy.

My pap smear was negative for HPV but showed endometrial cells?What does this mean?My dr. Wants to do a biopsy.

It's a precaution: Endometrial cells come from your uterus. In women your age, about 12% show normal endometrial cells on their pap smear. Usually they are just normal cells that have "shed" into your pap smear. But about 1 in 10 times they can signal something abnormal is happening in your uterus, possibly cancer. It's recommended that any woman with these cells on a pap smear has further testing, just to be sure. ...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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I have adenomyosis with heavy bleeding w/clots that soak through my clothes.Pap smear had endometrial cells.Could this be a sign of cancer?

I have adenomyosis with heavy bleeding w/clots that soak through my clothes.Pap smear had endometrial cells.Could this be a sign of cancer?

Not cancer: Endometrial cells on pap is not a sign of cancer. Adenomyosis can explain heavy bleeding and cramping, but doesn't rule out cancer. Make certain your concerns and communication with your doctor is very good. ...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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If I had any cervical/endometrial polyps would they have been easily noticed during my routine Pap smear recently?

If I had any cervical/endometrial polyps would they have been easily noticed during my routine Pap smear recently?

Not endometrial: Cervical polyps may be visible but endometrial polyps would not be. Even cervical polyps would not be obvious if the lesion is in the canal and not projecting outside. 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

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