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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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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 does sprcs mean on pap test results?

What does sprcs mean on pap test results?

Not a standard abb.: Sprcs is not a standard abbreviation used on pap smears. If yiou can get a full copy of the report and post it for us, we could help. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how long it takes for pap test results to come in?

Depends on lab: Depending on the lab your doc uses, it can be anywhere from 3-10 days. Sometimes longer. Call them to find out. ...Read more

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My pap test results were slightly abnormal what can this mean and is it serious?

Pap smear: Abnormalities are common , mild ones , like atypical cells of undetermined significance usually clear up on their own, can be related to inflammation. Other higher grade lesions are commonly associated with hpv and can be treated at the gynecologist's office. Your physician will probably have you repeat the pap smear to make sure the abnormality has cleared up. Take care! ...Read more

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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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Why would it be that my HPV test is positive and my pap test results are normal?

Very common: Two answers: either a new and transient hpv infection or re-imergence of an old infection that has not yet caused the cervical cells to change. You should have a followup pap and hpv in one year, and if either are abnormal you should have a colposcopy. ...Read more

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Normal Pap test results STD and STI tests negative. No pain during sex. Still have small amounts of blood after intercourse????

Normal Pap test results STD and STI tests negative. No pain during sex. Still have small amounts of blood after intercourse????

Blood=tissue damage: Any active non-menstrual bleeding/spotting you have after intercourse would reflect some type of injury to tissues exposed to the mechanical forces involved. You might see a small bleeding site with a close self exam (lighted mirror) or a doc could locate the site. If it is minimal and you keep the areas clean it will likely stop.If you are soaking pads you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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When is a pap test result considered abnormal?

When is a pap test result considered abnormal?

With abnormal cells.: A pap is abnormal when there are atypical cells in it. These may be atypical from infection, in which case there would be other evidence, like white cells, organisms, blood, etc.. They can be atypical due to neoplastic changes, so there would be cells called consistent with low or high grade neoplasia. Rarely, if a cause is not pinpointed, the smear is atypical with undetermined significance. ...Read more

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My pap test result was a "false positive." what does this mean?

Abnormal: To say that a test is a false positive, signifies that your pap test was normal and incorrectly reported as abnormal. You should see your physician for clarification. ...Read more

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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