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Parabasal Cells On Pap Smear
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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