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Parabasal Cells On A Pap
3 yr post menopause, no bleeding, 5mm endo/ lining, 2 small fibroids, negative biopsy and pap but atrophy, parabasal cell type. 1 yr pap, or sooner?
Pap history: Those are normal findings. When you need another pap is based on your previous pap smears. If you have no hpv, never had an abnormal pap and have had 3 abnormal paps, you may not need another pap for 3 years. You still need to see your gyn for a physical exam and assess your ovaries. ...Read more
Lgsil always found onpapresults due to hpvfor past6 yrs.Besides waiting to see if cells change what else can be done?Had abnormal paps, 3biopsies&1leep
It surely sounds like your physician is doing everything right. You have no progress to worse disease.
The only other option is to have a hysterectomy. If you are done having children and are done worrying about your cervix then having a conversation about hysterectomy seems like a logical next step. ...Read more
Lgsil always found onpapresults due to hpvfor past6 yrs.Besides waiting to see if cells change what else can be done?Had abnormal paps, 3biopsies, 1leep
Not much more: Low grade is indeed low grade. Dont worry. ...Read more
This is pap smear report. I want to understand it. " reveals many exfoliated ectocervical superficial and intermediate cells with parabasal cells.
Normal so far: If the specimen was adequate (they should have said if it wasn't) and that's all, you're good to go. Keep getting checked. ...Read more
What to do if I have had a-typical cells appear in my paps for the last 4 or 5 years. Is that normal?
No, but it depends : On how atypical the cells were. Please discuss the results with your doctor to see if colposcopic examination and biopsy are warranted. ...Read more
Depends on the type: And severity of abnormality. Mild dysplasia requires yearly repeat paps. Other types of abnormalities may require colposcopic examination, with or without biopsy. It would be prudent to follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more
A warning: Women with cells that have certain abnormal appearances are much more likely to develop cancer of the cervix or nearby structures. If the area with the cells can be found and removed before it turns cancerous, a life has likely been saved. Before pap smears, cancer of the cervix was a horribly common scourge of young women, as it still is in the poor nations. ...Read more
Inflammation from a variety of bacteria and viruses can cause reactive atypia of the cells. Herpes in particular does this
hpv on the other hand can and does cause cells to appear very atypcial in a pa smear and are the causes of cervical dysplasia and cancer in most womenthat get this. ...Read more
Abnormal PAP: We do pap smears to screen for cervical cancer cells. The pap smear has helped us reduce cervical cancer to very small numbers. We think that cancer forms in stages over many years (about 10-15). The cells get progressively abnormal before they become cancerous and this is the opportunity that the pap smear gives us. Remove/kill the abnormal cells before cancer develops. ...Read more
A number of things: Atypical cells of undetermined significance (ascus) can represent a precancerous condition or may be associated with a variety of benign entities. The diagnosis must be interpreted in relation to other factors, such as the results of hpv testing, if performed. As such, the diagnosis of ascus "pigeon-holes" you into a defined follow up schedule that should be adhered to. ...Read more
Depends "abnormal": There is a wide range of abnormal pap smear results. Some 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. Since "abnormal" can mean so many things, you should ask your doctor specifically what it showed. ...Read more
Should probably: have cervical biopsiesGet a more detailed answer ›
After having a pap smear i was told i had abnormal cells. Can anyone explain this to me in more detail?
ASCUS: Abnormal cells in pap smears = atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ascus). This means that there are some "funny looking" cells that are not otherwise classifiable. Usually your doctor will recommend some sort of follow up including a repeat pap smear and/or colposcopy if this particular finding keeps recurring. ...Read more
Should a person have a follow-up Pap smear immediately after atypical cells are found, or should they wait 6 months?
I have had an abnormal result from my pap test. I would like some more information about the procedure needed to remove the bad cells.
Just follow?: At age 23, it would be unusual to require any procedure to remove bad cells from the cervix. If your doctor is recommending this, it may be helpful to get a 2nd opinion. You can repost your question with the pathology report from your colposcopy & cervical biopsies included in the question. If you're a smoker, stop now. Smoking decreases the chance that you'll clear this without treatment. ...Read more
I was recently given a diagnosis of high grade abnormal cells at my last pap. Is is possible for warts to cause this? I have many details..
HealthTap review: By requesting a personal consult, a physician of your choice will be able to speak with you, review your records and provide a meaningful answer. ...Read more
I had a pap after having abnormal cells last time. 8 hours later blood gushed out with blobs and now the next day its happened again. Should i worry?
Sensitive: Sometimes one's cervix can be extra sensitive and the brush doctors use to take your pap can be irritating to the cervical tissue. I typically warn my patients that they may see some bleeding after a pap smear. I'm guessing that you might also have a cervical ectropion. I would make another appt with your doctor just to have your cervix checked. Gushes of clots aren't normal. ...Read more
Of the cervix: That is the purpose of a pap. ...Read more
Not normal: Generally it is considered abnormal when that happens - it should be investigated. ...Read more
In situ Ca: Pap smears define the presence of cells that have been curetted or shed from the cervix. The test which is about 60% accurate defines early malignancy where there is no cervical bleeding or lesion seen on colposcopy. Abnormal cells require biopsy to see if in situ cervix ca is developing. ...Read more