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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Leep done for CIN 3. Clear margins. Pap smear 3 months later reads mild abnormalities. Doc says it's just inflammation. Then wouldn't it read ascus?

Leep done for CIN 3. Clear margins. Pap smear 3 months later reads mild abnormalities. Doc says it's just inflammation. Then wouldn't it read ascus?

Do not worry about I: Ascus will have no meaning in your case. It is only for folks who have minimal abnormality for the first time. Yours was already 3 steps ahead of it. Now it is under control as long as does not come back up to cin2-3. ...Read more

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I had pap smear and the result says benign smear with moderate inflammation. What does it mean?

I had pap smear and the result says benign smear with moderate inflammation. What does it mean?

Mod inflammation: Inflammatory cells are seen on a pap smear when the cervix is inflamed. This is usually a self limited benign process. There is no evidence of dysplasia/malignancy. ...Read more

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Pap smear shows severe reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. What does it mean?

Pap smear shows severe reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. What does it mean?

Treat infection and: Re do pap. Cervicitis may result in the findings you stated. It would be prudent to treat the inflammation and repeat the pap once infection has cleared. ...Read more

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I was told that my pap smear was abnormal due to inflammation on cells and I have to get a cloposcopy done. Should I worry?

Don't worry, but ask: Worry will not help anything, but you definitely do want to ask your provider to take the time to fully explain everything about the results of the pap smear and the followup testing. Don't be afraid to ask until you understand - that's an important part of healthcare. Then, whatever you learn - follow suggestions and stay alert. Still, whatever it is - worry is not helpful. Do your best! ...Read more

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Hd my last pap smear 1.4 years ago which was perfect. No inflammation nothing, I am 24. When shud I get my next? From past 1.5 years m not sexualy activ

Every year: The recommended interval for pap smears is every year between 21 and 35. Pap smears are done to prevent cervical cancer and find precancerous changes in the cervix early. Do not miss your pap smears as cervical cancer remains one of the biggest killers of women worldwide and it is a preventable cancer. ...Read more

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If you have hiv, would you pap smear showed inflammation?

HIV: Not necessarily. There is no direct connection between cervical inflammation and HIV disease, although HIV can be transmitted more easily through inflamed tissues. ...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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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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My test pap smear is moderate inflammation. I'm so worried. Its serious problem doc? Thanks

Does not sound serio: Inflammation of the cervix is not uncommon but it is not serious. Pap is done to look for early Cervix Cancer. So a negative test for Cancer, means the test has done its primary job. Your gynecologist can help you further if you are anxious to find the cause and treatment but it is not anything serious.. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a Pap smear to show squamous cells but a biopsy to just show inflammation?

Is it possible for a Pap smear to show squamous cells but a biopsy to just show inflammation?

Yes: Pap is a technique of gathering cells shed from cervix and then staining them to see if pattern of malignant cells seen. If yes then bx performed to see of there is an in-situ area which when neg would suggest inflammatory cells. New squamous Ca antibody stains show only Ca and transforming cells but not inflammation. ...Read more

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My pap smear shows no organism found but wth reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation severe. What could this be?

My pap smear shows no organism found but wth reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation severe. What could this be?

Trauma: Inflammation is a reactive change. It is caused by an infection in many cases, but trauma, reaction to tampons, douches, etc can cause this. ...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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Descriptive diagnosis of my pap smear is non-specific inflammation. What does that mean? I was given vaginal suppository for 6 days.

Descriptive diagnosis of my pap smear is non-specific inflammation. What does that mean? I was given vaginal suppository for 6 days.

Non-specific: This finding is not cancer or precancerous. It means a possible infection or perhaps not. The treatment was possibly to treat a suspected infection. Ask your doctor. ...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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Pap smear results using Bethesda system showed normal. No organisms found, but shows severe acute inflammation? What does it mean?

Pap smear results using Bethesda system showed normal. No organisms found, but shows severe acute inflammation? What does it mean?

Cervical dna probes: In addition to a pap did you have STD screening or a wet prep for further workup. If not you may need to have these done. Inflammation can be from many causes that are not necessarily picked up with a pap alone. ...Read more

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Pap smear results. Epithelial cell abnormality, asc-us, endocervical home component present. Partially obscuring inflammation. Normal?

No: ASCUS stands for "atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance." You should follow-up with your OB/GYN for appropriate follow-up as your past history will be needed for proper management. ...Read more

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My pap smear result is negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy. Moderate inflammation. Do I still need to undergo cryotherapy?

My pap smear result is negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy. Moderate inflammation. Do I still need to undergo cryotherapy?

More info needed: This depends on appearance of the cervix and results of other tests. Cryotherapy might be recommended if there is substantial cervical ectopy (also sometimes called ectropion), and if it is causing symptoms, like vaginal discharge or spotty bleeding, and if no STD like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomonas. Also, sometimes an antibiotic (e.g. doxycycline) is tried first. Discuss w/ your ObG. ...Read more

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I had my pap smear last june 13, the result is benign smear with severe inflammation and reparative changes bacterial vaginosis. What does this mean?

What it says: You should go and discuss this at length with the gynecologist who did the pap. Severe inflammation may be due to several causes. Changes that show tissue repair are the body's response to the inflammation and this may be due to the bacterial vaginosis or to other causes like hpv (although not necessarily the type that predisposes to cancer. Go back and see your doctor and ask these questions. ...Read more

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Reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. Atypical endocervical cells seen. On my pap smear result. Am I at risk to cervical cancer?

Reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. Atypical endocervical cells seen. On my pap smear result. Am I at risk to cervical cancer?

HPV test?: Unfortunately, anyone who has had genital contact is at risk for cervical cancer because the human papilloma virus is so widespread. Usually when we find atypical cells on a pap smear, we reflexively test for hpv. If it is positive, then you do have a small risk for dysplasia or precancer, but if it is negative, you have almost no risk. If your hpv test is (+), you will need follow up. ...Read more

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Pap smear squamous cells lsil. Biopsy shows inflammation. Doc gave flagyl but couldn't say what caused it or why it showed squamous cells. Any expl?

Pap smear squamous cells lsil. Biopsy shows inflammation. Doc gave flagyl but couldn't say what caused it or why it showed squamous cells. Any expl?

LSIL: There's often non-specific inflammation in a young woman, and if there's no specific organism and no symptoms, it's not really a reason to worry. I'm much more concerned that you follow up with the LSIL which is the first stage to getting cancer, so that we can be sure it doesn't get out of control. I'm glad you're getting checked and wish you the best. ...Read more

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I had a slightly ASCUS Pap smear results with negative for HPV and STDs. Gyno said inflammation from sex. Should I be concerned? Follow up soon.

I had a slightly ASCUS Pap smear results with negative for HPV and STDs. Gyno said inflammation from sex. Should I be concerned? Follow up soon.

No to worry: This is not anything worth worrying about right now. You should follow your Gyn's instructions. Did he ask you for a 6 month or one year follow up exam. You could do either and be OK. It takes many years for anything serious to develop on your cervix. ...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