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Do abnormal pap test results mean cancer?

Do abnormal pap test results mean cancer?

No: There are multiple grades and types of abnormalities detected on pap. You should discuss the results with your doctor. ...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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What do abnormal pap test results mean?

What do abnormal pap test results mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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Go for pap every 12-18 months results normal. Recent pap test came back aytipical cells undetermined significance. Hpv test not done. Am worried?

Do not worry: Ascus is very common finding and is not alarming by itself. You should've been given advice for follow-up when you got your pap results though? ...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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Could pregnancy give abnormal smear results?

Could pregnancy give abnormal smear results?

Not really: Most abnormal pap smears are caused by the hpv virus. Pregnancy changes the way the cells appear but the pathologist analyzing the pap results are aware and account for this. ...Read more

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Atypical glandular cells - favor neoplastic was my pap smear test result. Negative colposcopy- & endocervical curretings result. Please explain.

Atypical glandular cells - favor neoplastic was my pap smear test result. Negative colposcopy- & endocervical curretings result. Please explain.

Maybe benign and overcall: It is possible that the cells are reactive and they were over called as worrisome for cancer but in fact are completely normal this would explain the findings. You should have me look at the pap smear i will give you the right answer. ...Read more

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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

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3 days late, a few pg symptoms, negative digital test but faint positive regular urine test. 8 pregnancies, 4 kids. Are these test results common?

3 days late, a few pg symptoms, negative digital test but faint positive regular urine test.   8 pregnancies, 4 kids. Are these test results common?

Need to repeat test: Please repeat the test in 4-5 days. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can smear test delay period?

Can smear test delay period?

Having a pap smear: Done should not cause a delay in your period. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. Pcos). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Positive HPV on pap smear mean?

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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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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Does Ultrasound detect the reason behind irregular periods?missed 2 months of periods, trying to concieve,PTest neg.pap smear test got good result

Does Ultrasound detect the reason behind irregular periods?missed 2 months of periods, trying to concieve,PTest neg.pap smear test got good result

Infertility/amenorrh: Ultrasound can detect the reason behind irregular periods sometimes. The workup is stepwise beginning with history and physical. The medical provider will check blood work for hormone levels. You've had the pregnancy test and pap smear done so your pcp will probably order an ultrasound soon. If everything is normal then male causes of infertility will be explored. That's the usual pattern. ...Read more

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My first pap smears results back as abnormal, ascus +reactive endocervical cells, HPV neg, im 17 weeks pregnant, what does this mean?

Abn pap in pregnancy: It is necessary to call your doctor about an appointment concerning your pap smear and if any treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy blood test give false negative. 3 days late, urine test negative and blood test negative too?

Can pregnancy blood test give false negative. 3 days late, urine test negative and blood test negative too?

False negative PG: A false pregnancy test is possible however, in this case you also have a negative blood pregnancy test which is far more accurate. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap test for 5 years. (got 3 tests that were abnormal. Never had a normal pap?

Abnormal pap test for 5 years. (got 3 tests that were abnormal. Never had a normal pap?

Need more info: What kind of abnormalities were seen? Did you consult your gyno about the results? Did s/he suggest coloposcopy and or biopsy? You may wish to see a different doctor and ask her/him about the abnormalities and the significance of the same and inquire if any treatment is needed. Do follow your doctor's advice about repeat PAPs. 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. ...Read more

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Do normal pap smears show tubal ligations?

Do normal pap smears show tubal ligations?

No...: The pap smear is a test designed to detect cervical cancer and cervical cancer precursors (premalignant cells). The pap test can also be used to diagnose certain infections such as herpes, bacterial vaginitis, trichomonas, and yeast infections. The pap test does not assess the patency (open versus closed) status of fallopian tubes. ...Read more

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Does a normal pap smear you have a negative pap smear?

Does a normal pap smear you have a negative pap smear?

Yes: Normal=Negative for abnormal cells. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results.. Worried?

Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results.. Worried?

Please clarify: dozens of different tests can be done each with many possible results and meanings. It is your right to get an explanation now. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear results. How soon do I return?

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

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