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Help. Last pap smear results came back saying superficial and intermediate squamous and parabasal cells. I have tested negative for h p v & 16/18.?

Help. Last pap smear results came back saying superficial and intermediate squamous and parabasal cells. I have tested negative for h p v & 16/18.?

Normal: The elements you describe are normal elements in a gyn cytology exam. Negative hpv lessens the risk of dysplasia. Abnormal diagnosis would include atypical squamous or squamous intraepithelial neoplasia. ...Read more

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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Abnormal pap smear results. How soon do I return?

WHAT DID YOUR DOC SA: Say! Did you ask your doc, it depends how abnormal the pap was, please call your doc. ...Read more

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Does terconazole interfere with pap smear results?

Possibly: If there is a lot in the vagina. Also the infection can affect the pap smear as inflammation can affect the cells make them look abnormal. ...Read more

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My pap smear result is moderate inflammation, what does it mean?

Cervicitis: This simply means inflammatory cells where present on your cervix. There is no evidence of dysplasia. Your doctor may place you on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can I still join the army if I have an abnormal pap smear result?

Can I still join the army if I have an abnormal pap smear result?

Yes: I am not military, but this should not interfere with your ability to serve effectively. ...Read more

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My pap smear result says "reactive changes due to inflammation". What does it means?

My pap smear result says "reactive changes due to inflammation". What does it means?

Generally: The purpose of a pap smear is to find precancerous cells so the problem can be remedied. This is not precancerous. If your chlamydia test and gonnerea tests were negative, you have no pain or discharge, it the pathologists way if saying "there could be an infection, we're not sure" it doesn't mean there is one and most often not. Generally it's an incidental finding. ...Read more

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Pap smear result is reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation (includes typical repair)?

Normal: That is a perfectly normal pap smear result. No worries. Abnormal pap smears will mention hpv present, dysphasia, neoplasia or carcinoma. Your pap indicates none of these. It's findings are normal. ...Read more

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I just did a pap smear results are clear but it says Absence of endocervical cells. Could my results be inaccurate?

Repeat Papsmear: A good Papsmear must have Endocervical cells. Therefore, it should be repeated, if there is no endocervical cells. ...Read more

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Hi I just recieved my pap smear results and they came abnormal the results said epithelial cell abnormality should I be worried?

Not necessarily: The current recommendation is to not screen women under 21 by pap smear, as cervical cancer is so uncommon at that age. So it is difficult to say what to do with the result. Please remember, though, that a pap smear is a screening test, so many epithelial cell abnormalities, when investigated further, turn out to be reactive or inflammatory in nature. You should ask you care provider what next. ...Read more

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How long does it takes to get Pap smear results!

Local question: This international web application is not in any way connected to your doctor or lab. This question is for your family clinic to answer. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get pap smear results?

Ask the person: Who did the pap that person shoudl have told u when to expect the results by depends if there is anything wrong where u live and what lab it went to in my area 1- 10 days usually. ...Read more

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How do I read my pap smear results so that I can understand them?

Normal or negative: If pap report is normal or negative, then you have no concerns. If the the report is otherwise, call you gynecologist for an explanation. ...Read more

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What do superficial and intermediate cells mean in pap smear result?

Nothing significant: These are normal cells. So you do not have any indication of abnormal cells like cancer or pre-cancer to worry about. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have agus abnormal pap smear results?

What does it mean to have agus abnormal pap smear results?

Requires evaluation: Newer term is agc, atypical glandular cells. It means that the cervix and uterus (endometrium or lining of the uterus) require further evaluation by a gynecologist who will further test the cells to look for cancer. Follow up is important because caught early, this can be treated. Ignored, it can lead to cancer. Definitely don't panic, but be sure to follow up for additional tests without delay. ...Read more

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What does missing component of cervix mean in pap smear result?

You mean missing end: Endo cervical componenet that means they were no endocervical cells seen I assume that is what u mean, when u do a pap u get cells form the outside of the cx. And up teh endo cx. ...Read more

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Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. Should I be worried?

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. Should I be worried?

Pap smear: "Reactive" cells in a Pap test are caused by inflammation or irritation of the genital tract. Nothing to worry about, with regard to dysplasia or malignancy. ...Read more

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Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Nothing serious: The aim of pap test is to check for Cancer cells or pre-cancers. You have neither of these conditions. Reactive is a non specific word saying the cells are not perfect, yet the reactive chnages are not of any consequence ...Read more

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Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Yes: If the period is somewhat heavy, the blood can interfere with the ability to read the pap smear well, and may need to be repeated. With the newer liquid based smears, this is less likely to be a problem. ...Read more

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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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My pap smear result is moderate inflammation. What the means? Thanks doc.

White blood cells: Inflammation found on a pap smear is usually not something to get too concerned about. It means that they detected some white blood cells in the specimen and possibly saw red looking cervical cells. Could be cervical inflammation which is common and does not necessarily mean a problem. It's possible there's an infection (but not always) and your doc may repeat the pap in 6 months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my pap smear results were ok, can I still develop papilloma virus later on?

Yes, HPV is sexually: Transmitted. There is a large number of variants of hpv and if you are sexually active, you could get a virus even after a clean pap. ...Read more

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I just got my pap smear result and it came back saying I have CIN1 is it treatable and does it go away. ..what does CIN1 means?

Do follow it up: Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. You've got some clearly-abnormal cells growing in the very surface layer of your cervix. They are not an immediate danger but are the breeding ground for nastier stuff. It's more likely than not to self-cure but you'll probably have a discussion with your physician, a possible HPV virus test / biopsy / laser / management. Stay on top of it. ...Read more

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How long does the cervical biopsy and pap smear results take to come out or finished.? I had one done on oct 2nd this year and I have not been given.

How long does the cervical biopsy and pap smear results take to come out or finished.? I had one done on oct 2nd this year and I have not been given.

1-2 weeks: Pap smear results should be back after 1-2 weeks, and may take another 1-2 weeks for the doctor to find time (in between seeing other patients) to review it. A patient should be sure to meet with the doctor in person to get the results, so she can ask the doctor questions if any worries. ...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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Postpartum abnormal pap smear results, what to do?

Postpartum abnormal pap smear results, what to do?

Postpartum PAP: It depends on the abnormality which was detected, but in case of any abnormality the follow up should be scheduled as soon as possible. ...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