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Moderate Polymorphs In Pap Smear
Pap smear says atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance. No trichomonas seen, scanty polymorph nuclear cells, gram positive bacilli. Mean?
Pap Smear result: A single group of spindle cells admixed with neutrophils is seen representing atypical spindle cell proliferation. Is it cancer?
Several points. First, you need more than atypical to say it is cancer. They have to look quite abnormal and/or be growing abnormally. HOWEVER, there are reports of groups of atypical spindle cells popping up everywhere due to cancer (lymphoma). That would be cancer. Or growing really fast (cancer).
At a minimum. Watching it Really closely. ...Read more
Last July2014, my Pap shows I have LGSIL & yeast infection & was advise for repeat after 3mos. Now, it shows occasional metaplastic & few polymorphs.
Ok: Appears your abnormalities are resolving. Repeat your pap in at least 1 year ...Read more
Had a Pap Smear lst month result was negative but notes saying as moderate inflamation. What does this 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
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
I just had my annual Pap smear done and the results say "MODERATE GRAM POSITIVE RODS SEEN, FEW SQUAMOUS EPITHELIAL CELLS SEEN" what does this mean?
Skin bacteria: Considered to be contamination-not serious and a common finding. ...Read more
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
Does the presence of spindle cells in a pap smear always indicate cancer or can they be present with moderate or severe dyskariosis? Ie cin3?
Not always cancer: Spindle cells (sc) have bilateral tapering poles (like a football); their presence on pap smear indicates issues ranging from benign reactive or reparative changes, artifactual/normal squamous cell shape, to rare malignancies (carcinosarcoma, metastatic desmoplastic melanoma). Sc morphology is seen in connective tissue. Pap grade (high or low intraepithelial lesions, cin 1-3) is more tellig. N. ...Read more
Pap smear result shows reactive cellular changes. Does this indicate hpv? Also shows moderate inflammation. Followup recommended. What does this mean
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
I'm 7 weeks pregnant, had pap smear tst, the result was "BENIGN SMEAR WITH MODERATE INFLAMMATION & REPARATIVE CHANGES". Would it affect my pregnancy?
Screen for cancer: Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion"). This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure. ...Read more
Could be very.: The pap smear is a way to find cervical cancer before it becomes serious. Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease and young women are at highest risk of the disease. If you have had abnormal paps, infection with the hpv virus or multiple sex partners you may be at risk for cervical cancer and should have discussion about appropriate screening with your doctor. ...Read more
Life saving for some: 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
Yes: Pap smear is uncomfortable because it is not in a very comfortable area. However, there are definitely ways to decrease the discomfort. The pain is caused by the speculum and pressure from the stretching as it opens the area for a pap smear to be done. If the speculum is properly warmed and not too large and if more time is given to slowly open the speculum, the discomfort is less. ...Read more
Abnormal or insuff?: The most common reason for a patient to be called back is that the pap is abnormal or atypical. In this case either a colposcopy may be done or the pap may be repeated a few months later to see if it is still abnormal. Another reason to be called back is that there were insufficient cells in the sample and another one needs to be sent. ...Read more
Needs follow-up: There are various grades of abnormalities on pap smear. Generally an abnormal smear means that some of the cells are at risk of becoming cancerous. It is important to follow-up an abnormal pap smear with repeat testing and/or additional tests, such as colposcopy and/or biopsy. ...Read more
PAP smear: Definition of abnormal pap smear is too broad. It depends on the type of the abnormality detected. In any case any abnormal pap smear should be taken seriously and the obgyn should be contacted immediately. ...Read more
Depends: age, nl pap: According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly paps, can have pap every 3 years. Hiv+ women need pap twice in first year after diagnosis and then yearly. An abnormal result will change how often a pap is recommended. Notify doctor sooner if discharge, bleeding (esp after sex), or pain. ...Read more