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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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Question about HPV I am a 42 year old male. My former partner had an abnormal pap 4 years ago which the dr said was hpv, though didn't specify a type. Her subsequent followups and next 3 annuals came back clean, and i've never had any symptoms myself. I w

Question about HPV I am a 42 year old male. My former partner had an abnormal pap 4 years ago which the dr said was hpv, though didn't specify a type. Her subsequent followups and next 3 annuals came back clean, and i've never had any symptoms myself.
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Let : Let me start by saying that approximately 1/3 people carry the hpv virus. Most of those people don't have signs or symptoms and may never know. There are 100's of types of hpv, the most dengerous causing cervical cancer in women; there are other types which cause genital warts. The cancer risk in men in much lower than women; the types that most commonly affect men are rectal and throat. We can safely assume based on history your partner is a carrier of the hpv virus, fortunately for her she has had 3 normal paps and therefore showing no cervical changes. To answer your question, hpv can be passed by oral sex and even genital to genital contact. In order to fully protect yourself a condom should be used with all sexual activity (oral and vaginal) from start to finish. ...Read more

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What are some more extensive evaluations and followup procedures to expect after multiple abnormal paps, cone biopsies and a leep procedure. ?

What are some more extensive evaluations and followup procedures to expect after multiple abnormal paps, cone biopsies and a leep procedure. ?

You named them: The procedures used to evaluate for pre-cancer cells of cervix are: paps, hpv dna probe, cervical biopsy, leep and cold knife conization of cervix. Typically a doctor will remove affected tissue of a cin 3 biopsy until the margins are clear of abnormal cells. At 29, docs should be conservative and try to remove as little tissue as possible, so not to ^ ur risk cervical incompet and preterm birth. ...Read more

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What do abnormal pap results mean?

What do abnormal pap results mean?

Precancerous cells: Abnormal pap results usually indicate precancerous cells caused by hpv virus. Your doctor will make a personal recommendation for you based on how severe the abnormality is. More testing may be necessary to determine if you need a procedure done to remove the abnormal cells and decrease your risk of developing cervical cancer. Please ask your physician to explain your results to you. ...Read more

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My pap was "abnormal, " what happens now?

My pap was "abnormal, " what happens now?

Get cervical biopsy.: Abnormal smears get cervical biopsy, usually under colposcopy. In this procedure, the cervix is painted with 3% acetic acid, and abnormal areas appear as white patches. If there is cis or carcinoma in situ, a cone biopsy is done which is therapeutic. ...Read more

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What is the risk for another abnormal pap?

What is the risk for another abnormal pap?

Continue check ups: Abnormal pap smears are common. It depends on the degree of abnormality. Follow up for more tests is needed...Your gynecologist should help you to explain whether it is a mild abnormaility(dysplasia) or more severe abnormaility(cin). Nothing immediate to worry about but you should not totally ignore it. ...Read more

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What to do if my pap has came back abnormal?

Depends: What is abnormality. You should consult your doctor who took the pap and be sure to follow her/his advice for follow up tests or treatment. ...Read more

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What are all the possible reasons for abnormal pap?

What are all the possible reasons for abnormal pap?

Too long: This requires a longer answer than there is room for here. The significant changes on pap smears are mainly due to hpv virus. Depending on the pap smear abnormality you can be observed for a number of years or, if more serious, be treated right away. Most early hpv caused pap abnormalities return to normal within a few years. You still need to be followed closely though. ...Read more