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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?

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

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 "cell abnormalities" mean from a pap?

What does "cell abnormalities" mean from a pap?

Insufficient : Information. You should discuss the result with your doctor as the information you provided is not sufficient to provide and informed answer. ...Read more

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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

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

Abnormal Pap: 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

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What to do if I have had a-typical cells appear in my paps for the last 4 or 5 years. Is that normal?

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

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How often can I need a pap smear after abnormal cells?

How often can I need a pap smear after abnormal cells?

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

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What is an abornomal pap smear with precancerous cells?

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

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Endometrial cells found on pap 5 years ago, none since.

Endometrial cells found on pap 5 years ago, none since.

That is good: So you have had normal pap smear for last five years and that is good,Endometrial cells on pap smear one time and never after that do not need any other investigation or test.Get your pap smear yearly as adviced ...Read more

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What does endocervical cells present on a pap result mean?

Satisfact for exam: Endocervical cells on pap smear means the smear is satisfactory for evaluation. Endocervical cells present transformation zone - area where neoplastic changes started under influence of human papilloma virus.
Thank you for question. ...Read more

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What would make your cells come back as abnormal on a pap?

What would make your cells come back as abnormal on a pap?

See below: 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

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What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

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

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What could cells of undetermined significance be on a pap smear?

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

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Pap smear came back with abnormal cells. What does this indicate?

Pap smear came back with abnormal cells. What does this indicate?

Common: That is relatively common, we would need to know how abnormal. Some could be due to inflammation, some to hpv involvement, and others to tumors. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have precancerous cells on your pap smear?

At risk of cancer: Precancerous cells indicate presence of pathologic processes that could lead to development of cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have a pap test that comes back showing abnormal cells?

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

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Pap results indicate "Rare metaplastic cells identified" What is the significance of this?

Pap results indicate "Rare metaplastic cells identified"  What is the significance of this?

Not much: Unless otherwise noted, these are benign cells in the endocervix that have undergone a change that's often related to HPV but is of no great consequence. Continue following the recommended protocols. If there are other abnormalities on the smear, get them addressed. ...Read more

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After having a pap smear i was told i had abnormal cells. Can anyone explain this to me in more detail?

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

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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

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My daughter's pap came back abnormal. They said 2 wait 3 months & will have another pap. That cells correct itself. Should i be worried?

No: Vaginal bacterial infections are common in younger woman and the most common cause for an abnormal pap. If they recommended repeating it in 3 months, they are waiting for the infection to clear so that they can retest. ...Read more

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Hello, 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..

Hello, 

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

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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?

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

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Are endometrial cells over 40 normal on a pap smear?

Not normal: Generally it is considered abnormal when that happens - it should be investigated. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal cells stage 3 in a pap smear?

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

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What does it mean to have endometrial cells on a normal pap smear?

Endometrial cells: Within normal limits Pap smear result means that no cell lesions or malignancy have been found. Reactive cellular changes, cellular atrophy, and endometrial cells present are normal variables. Pap smears are an excellent tool, but are not perfect. ...Read more

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What do superficial and intermediate cells mean in pap smear result?

Nothing significant: These are normal cells. So you do not have any indication of abnormal cells like cancer or pre-cancer to worry about. ...Read more

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Had a pap come back with reactive endocervical cells, what exactly is that?

Nothing to worry: Reactive means that the cells were exposed to an infection or inflammation of some kind. Not associated with cancer. Unless you are having irritation of some kind, i wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more