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Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: The recommendation for colposcopy depends on the specific pap result as well as the age of the patient and in some cases hpv status. In many cases, a repeat pap smear at 6 months is appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Crabb
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Colposcopy (Definition)

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which ...Read more


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How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: Depends on the abnormality found, if the pap shows abnormal cells with high risk hpv types, then coloposcopy is indicated. If the pap shows anything more abnormal such as low grade or high grade dysplasia, then colposcopy is performed. Generally, colposcopy is performed at the most every 6 months depending on the level of dysplasia. ...Read more

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If had leep& the next pap is abnormal does that mean doc didn't remove all precancerous cells?If the next 2paps are abnormal should have 2nd leep done

If had leep& the next pap is abnormal does that mean doc didn't remove all precancerous cells?If the next 2paps are abnormal should have 2nd leep done

Depends: The repeat paps are to determine if there are abnormal cells. It is possible that not all the abnormal cells were removed with the leep, but it is more likely that the problem has recurred - that is why you must have continued follow-up. The recurrence risk for moderate and severe dysplasia is as high as 50%. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have sex if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is it okay to have sex if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: An abn pap can mean many things. With testing, your dr should be able to quickly tell you whether anything further needs to be done, such as a biopsy or colposcopy (looking at the cervix using a magnifying scope). You won't give your partner cancer. However, keep in mind that cervical cancer (one reason for an abn pap) is caused by the hpv virus, which is contagious and can also cause warts. ...Read more

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Pap smear showed abnormality. What is the next step?

Pap smear showed abnormality. What is the next step?

Colposcopy: The next step is usually to take a closer look at the cervix with a procedure called a colposcopy. Biopsies may also be taken at this time to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How likely is cervical cancer when you have an abnormal pap for the second time?

How likely is cervical cancer when you have an abnormal pap for the second time?

< 100%: But more than zero. Speculations and guesses at percent are time wasters. You need to have colposcopy by a gyn onc, biopsy and if positive options for conization or hysterectomy or radiotherapy if cancer. ...Read more

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I had a suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells with pap smear. I amscheduled for further mamo and another pap. The 2 togethter worrisome or coincident?

Dr. Michio Abe Dr. Abe
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I had a suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells with pap smear. I amscheduled for further mamo and another pap. The 2 togethter worrisome or coincident?

Mammogram/Pap: They are most likely coincidental. A suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells in pap are findings on these screening tests, and they don't confirm the presence of cancer. But rarely certain types of breast cancer can metastasize to the uterine cervix. You definitely do need to follow up and find out what these findings really are. ...Read more

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Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?

Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?

Probably not: Though your doctor would most likely do the pap smear and endometrial biopsy at the same time, and in the office. The ultrasound may be before or after, and may be done at your doctors office, or at a hospital or imaging center. ...Read more

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If chlamydia was contracted anally, would it show up on a blood test or regular pap smear? Or would an anal pap be the best option?

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If chlamydia was contracted anally, would it show up on a blood test or regular pap smear? Or would an anal pap be the best option?

Anal pap: Anal pap smears and direct pcr testing at the anus should be diagnostic. Regular pap, urine testing for chlamydia are also suggested. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have an abnormal pap 6 months following a colposcopy?

Is it unusual to have an abnormal pap 6 months following a colposcopy?

Very possible: Colposcopy is just the technique of looking at the cervix after applying a solution to help any abnormality stand out through the magnifiers in the eye pieces. Unless the abnormality is biopsied or removed, you could still have an abnormal pap for years afterwards. If it is low grade, it usually resolves; if it is high grade (hgsil), then biopsies or a leep will be done. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: Depenmds what the abnoraml pap smear is i assume it is not cervical cancer or severe pre- cancer, if u want advice about exactly what your pap menas and hwat txment is required of any I have an offcie inb coral springs , fl., if you wnat to drive up , I am a board certified obgyn and have been in s fla since 1991 and know am an expert regarding abnormal pap smears. ...Read more

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If you have hpv, will you get an abnormal pap smear right away?

If you have hpv, will you get an abnormal pap smear right away?

HPV is tricky: Hpv can show up on your pap smear quickly or years later. The good news: healthy young women may clear hpv. The bad news: some will progress to cancer. Men have no symptoms and you can even get hpv through a condom. If any of his past girl friends have had a bad pap smear or been to the gyn a lot for unknown reasons, do not have sex with him until you are married. He is not worth the risk. ...Read more

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Can you donate eggs if you had an abnormal pap smear with mild abnormalities?

Yes: Please speak with your doctor and get clearance to donate from your gyn. Most people with mild abnormalities will just need to be followed by their gyn - only a few will progress to severe abnormalities or cancer. ...Read more

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Can a gynecologist tell you an abnormal pap smear is cancer right away without further tests?

Can a gynecologist tell you an abnormal pap smear is cancer right away without further tests?

No: A pap smear need to be examined under a microscope by a person trained in such examination. Pap smear is a screening test and diagnosis of cancer usually requires biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What is the next procedure after having 7 abnormal pap smears and 7 abnormal cervical biopsy's? Tired of getting biopsy's done, i want it fixed.

Cone biopsy: Depending on what your cervical biopsy shows, a cervical cone knife conization or a leep ( another way to do it) is the next step. Usually these procedures are reserved for patients with biopsy showing cin ii or cin iii. ...Read more

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What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Colposcopy.: If your pap smear is abnormal, you are scheduled for colposcopy to see where the abnormal lesion is on your cervix. Acetic acid is added and the lesion shows up as a white patch. Then a procedure like cone or leep biopsy is done and this is examined by a pathologist, who evaluates the lesion. Depending on the result, the next step is determined by you and you doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have cryosurgery or leep, then have an abnormal pap 3 months after?

Is it possible to have cryosurgery or leep, then have an abnormal pap 3 months after?

Yes: Yes, there can be residual dysplasia, it is important to follow up closely with your physician. ...Read more

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Could pap smear show that the person had an abortion?

Could pap smear show that the person had an abortion?

Generally no.: The pap smear is a test to screen for cervical cancer. Prior abortion (whether in recent days or long ago) is not something that a pap test can diagnose / interpret. The cells of the cervix can change in some ways when a woman is pregnant, but those changes are not specific and would not be able to be tied to prior pregnancy termination. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why a pap smear is performed on your first trimester exam?

Can you please explain why a pap smear is performed on your first trimester exam?

To make sure it is n: Normal because if it is not, and if it is highly abnormal u may need a leep cone while pregnant which is high risk and u would want to do that early and if ithe pap is not that bad you would just need a colposcopy and no further treatment except u need closer monitoring lke another pap at 3-6 months and a pap at your 6 weeks check instread of a yr from your 1st trimester pap if it is normal. ...Read more

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Why would a cervical biopsy be done if I have not had an abnormal pap test?

Why would a cervical biopsy be done if I have not had an abnormal pap test?

Hard to say,,: It may be that the doctor noticed something abnormal looking on the cervix while doing a pelvic exam or that you've not had an exam in a long time. Whatever the possible reason it's wise to follow this closely and discuss the results with your doctor. Best of luck. ...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


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