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Current STD screening recommendations?

Current STD screening recommendations?

Risk-based: Talk to your healthcare provider about specific concerns! in general, if you are a woman under 25, test for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year, and over 25 if you have new partners or multiple partners. Hiv/syphilis/hepatitis testing if you have another std, have had more than one partner since your last test, or use injection drugs. Pap tests every other year (age 21-30) or every three (age 30-64). ...Read more

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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Awareness: For you few years from now regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read more

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What are the cpt codes for a pap smear screening?

What are the cpt codes for a pap smear screening?

Pap cpt: Original physician collection - no code, not billed separately. Always part of office visit, perhaps. 88164 Bethesda terminology manually read 88174 Automated machine read PAP smear 88142 All other PAP SMEAR types 88141 Pathologist's review charge. Always get one of first three codes, maybe 88141, if actual physician looks at slide, plus additional testing codes if slide is abnormal ...Read more

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Does pap smear test for warts n hpv?

Does pap smear test for warts n hpv?

Usually: Usually the virus is not looked for unless your pap is abnormal. If it is abnormal, the lab I use will do what is called reflex testing for the presence or absence of the hpv virus. If your pap is normal, at his time, there is no recommended treatment for simply having the presence of the virus so unless there are visible lesions or an abnormal pap there is no further action necessary. ...Read more

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My pap smear say satisfactor for evaluation...Negative forintraepithelial lession/malignancy..Wat this means?

My pap smear say satisfactor for evaluation...Negative forintraepithelial lession/malignancy..Wat this means?

Normal : This is the standard way that a normal pap smear is reported. It tells you that there are enough cells collected to evaluate the specimen and that there is no evidence for a precancer or cancer. ...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?

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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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Do pap tests check for stds?

Do pap tests check for stds?

Indirectly for some: Pap smears test for abnormal cervical cells— dysplasia or metaplasia—which lead to biopsies. Any std that causes such changes in the cervical cells, such as hpv, will thus be indirectly tested for. Generally, there are other tests for most stds: culture, wet prep, smear of discharge, blood tests. ...Read more

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Pap smear test diagnose haemorrhagic smear with inflammatory changes?

Normal: Inflammatory changes are normal on a PAP smear. Hemorrhagic just means there was some blood in the sample and is not worriesome. ...Read more

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Screening for breast cancer--need latest us recommendations and rationale?

Screening for breast cancer--need latest us recommendations and rationale?

Awareness: Form age 35 (in suspicious group ) to 40 yrs and on regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read more

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Pap smear results HPV high risk, what to do?

Pap smear results HPV high risk, what to do?

Follow doctor's: advice. If you have HPV infection, it may clear itself, however you should follow your doctor's advice for repeat testing and additional testing like colposcopy. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm ...Read more

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Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Not necessarily: A specific HIV test has to be ordered by the doctor. Usually the doctor will inform the patient (or ask permission) before doing an HIV test, so if there was no discussion about it, most likely the test wasn't done. OTOH, everyone tested for STDs should also be tested for HIV, but different doctors and clinics have different policies, however. Call the office and ask directly. ...Read more

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Positive HPV on pap smear mean?

Need for close : Follow-up. Most patients with hpv do not suffer ill-effects, however, 80% of the cervical cancers are caused by hpv. Therefore it is prudent that you follow your doctor's directions in getting regular pap smears. ...Read more

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Does pap smears or wet preps test for cervictitis ?

Does pap smears or wet preps test for cervictitis ?

Cervicitis: Cervicitis can be caused by a variety of organisms. Only a few of the types organisms that can cause it are detectable with a wet prep. A pap smear is a test for cervical cancer or precancerous lesions. ...Read more

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Do pap smears only test for cervical cancer or other types too?

Do pap smears only test for cervical cancer or other types too?

Uterine CA also.: The main purpose today is to spot cervical cancer. But abnormal uterine lining cells will also show up sometimes. In fact, the original purpose of the pap smear was to find uterine cancer! see more about the history of this amazing lifesaver, an explanation for some of the changes, and its wonderful pioneer nicholas papanicolaou here: http://www.Ama-assn.Org/amednews/2007/09/03/hlsa0903.Htm. ...Read more

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"had a pap smear in conjunction with an HPV test. Lab returned pap test negative for malignancy. Does result include HPV results?

"had a pap smear in conjunction with an HPV test. Lab returned pap test negative for malignancy. Does result include HPV results?

No.: The "negative for malignancy" refers to the pap. The high-risk hpv test in conjunction with is would be reported as positive or negative. Check with your doctor's office to get that result. The good news for you is that with your normal pap results if your hpv test is negative you can safely extend pap smear screening to up to 5 years. Annual exams are still advised. ...Read more

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Reg pap rests age 23 result inconclusive regular follow up pap all normal. Pap 12-18 mth since 23 all normal. Recent pap age 40 ascus told pap in 6months. Invasive cancer? Hpv test not done ?

Reg pap rests age 23 result inconclusive regular follow up pap all normal.   Pap 12-18 mth since 23 all normal. Recent pap age 40 ascus told pap in 6months.  Invasive cancer?  Hpv test not  done ?

Get an HPV test: I always do hpv testing on ascus paps. Because if it's hpv positive i would do a colposcopy right away. The chance of finding cancer in a ascus hpv (+) pap is less than 1%. But if it's hpv negative, you are off the hook, and i wouldn't repeat the pap for a year. ...Read more

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Are pap smears mandatory after the age 21?

Recommended: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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What are the cpt codes for a pap smear screening?

Pap cpt: Original physician collection - no code, not billed separately. Always part of office visit, perhaps. 88164 Bethesda terminology manually read 88174 Automated machine read PAP smear 88142 All other PAP SMEAR types 88141 Pathologist's review charge. Always get one of first three codes, maybe 88141, if actual physician looks at slide, plus additional testing codes if slide is abnormal ...Read more

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Hi,i would like to find out if the Pap smear screening will assist in knowing whether tubal ligation was successful or not.

Hi,i would like to find out if the Pap smear screening will assist in knowing whether tubal ligation was successful or not.

No, sorry it won't.: A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Since the cells that are examined are taken by lightly scraping the cervix, we do find some vaginal infections if they are present (like a yeast infection). But that is all it can tell us. ...Read more

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Why do my records say the day I had my pap smear and they discovered a polyp. Screening of malignant neoplasm of cervix?

Why do my records say the day I had my pap smear and they discovered a polyp. Screening of malignant neoplasm  of cervix?

Office manager: This is a question that should be addressed with the doctor's office manager, who would be able to clarify. ...Read more

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I got routine STI swab screening today similar to a Pap smear. Is it normal to feel burning sensation down there after? Felt fine before the exam.

I got routine STI swab screening today similar to a Pap smear. Is it normal to feel burning sensation down there after? Felt fine before the exam.

No it is abnormal: If the vagina was a little dry, it may cause this sensation.If you don't have a new discharge and the sedation is subsiding,wait for test results. ...Read more

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My wife did a pap smear/cervical screen 7days ago and she been experiencing pain in her vagina and she spots blood. Hope no damage has been done?

Please: call the doctor who provided the service, then they could decide on the next step. Best wishes and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I went for routine pap smear and for the first tine it was really sore. The doctor said my cervic is inflamed. On the screen I also noticed a solid mass. My follow up appointment is tomorrow. Can this be cancer?

I went for routine pap smear and for the first tine it was really sore. The doctor said my cervic is inflamed. On the screen I also noticed a solid mass. My follow up appointment is tomorrow. Can this be cancer?

No way to tell: You should be able to get an answer from your doctor when you see him/her tomorrow. There is no way to tell whether it may be cancerous or not based on the information given. ...Read more

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Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Recent changes: A woman should have her first pap test at age 21, and every 3 years after that. Beginning at age 30, screening for hpv is added to the pap test. ...Read more

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Can a pap-smear hurt?

No it does not hurt: It may be unconfortable for some but is not painful. ...Read more

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Does a pap smear hurt?

Does a pap smear hurt?

No: A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort. ...Read more

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How does a pap smear work?

How does a pap smear work?

Cancer screening: A speculum is used to dilate the vagina to visualise the cervix (bottom part of the uterus) and the a wooden spatula or a rubber brush is inserted into the vagina and rotated against the cervix to capture some of the cells. The specimen is the fixed onto a glass slide or placed into a preservative medium and sent to the lab to be analysed for any cellular abnormalities or infections. ...Read more

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What can pap smear pick up?

Abnormalities: The pap can detect abnormal cervical cells, the presence of some types of infections and the presence of some std's. ...Read more

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What can pap smear help you?

No: A pap smear is used to look for precancerous cells of the cervix before they become a problem. Your first pregnancy visit may be a good time to get one if you need it. ...Read more

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How often is pap smear needed?

Depends on patient.: For a woman between the ages of 30 and 65, if a baseline pap test is negative and the patient also has a negative hpv dna result (dual negative findings), then the next pap test can wait for 3 years. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Should a virgin get a pap smear?

Depends on her age: Current guidelines recommend that women get their first pap at the age of 21, even if they are sexually active prior to that. Exceptions (where it should be obtained before 21) are if the female is HIV positive, or on chronic immunosuppressive therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle, lupus) or after organ transplantation. ...Read more

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What should I do before a pap smear?

See below: Please read the instructions for preparing for pap smear in the website given below. In brief: do not do the following for 24 hours before the test: douche (douching should never be done), have intercourse, take a bath (shower is okay), use tampons. Avoid scheduling your pap smear while you have your period. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003911.htm. ...Read more

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How often should you get a pap smear?

How often should you get a pap smear?

Varies.: Talk with your doctor. The frequency of pap smears will depend on your age and medical history (history of abnormal pap, etc). Screening with a pap smear should begin at age 21. ...Read more

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How often should a Pap smear be done?

How often should a Pap smear be done?

It depends on yr age: Your gynecologist can guide you better. Pap is advised once yearly for a few yours, then if it is normal the interval is lengthened to once every 3 years. ...Read more

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What is a pap smear and why is it done ?

Screening test: A pap is a sampling of the cells from the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. It is a screening test for the abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain after pap smear?

NO: Using the appropriate size speculum will prevent pain during and after a pap smear. Pain is not normal. ...Read more

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How offen must one do Pap smear Itumeleng Noe?

One can do every 3yr: If you’ve had normal Pap smears in the last, you probably can do your smears every 3 years or so
Alternatively, can also do LBC for HPV screen and repeat every 3 years ...Read more

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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


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