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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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Normal: Metaplastic cells are completely normal findings on a pap test. What we are looking for is "dysplastic" or "neoplastic" cells. ...Read more
Follow advice: There is no immediate concern. You should follow your doctor's advice for repeat testing. ...Read more
You need to followup: There are several categories of abnormal paps. Each category has a risk of finding a cervical precancer or (more rarely) a cancer associated with it. Your doctor may look at the cervix with a colposcope to get a magnified view of any abnormalities and may even take a small biopsy. It is important for you to contact your doctor about these abnormalities. ...Read more
If a Pap smear didn't contain cervical cells, would t say inadequate sample and make you redo it?
What does it mean to have abnormal cells on your pap smear? I was told i had dysplasia cells? should i worry?
How do I know if Pap smear got an adequate sample? It came back normal but how do I know it got cervical cells?
Will be noted: The lab will mention if there are no endocervical cells ...Read more
I was told that my pap smear was abnormal due to inflammation on cells and I have to get a cloposcopy done. Should I worry?
Don't worry, but ask: Worry will not help anything, but you definitely do want to ask your provider to take the time to fully explain everything about the results of the pap smear and the followup testing. Don't be afraid to ask until you understand - that's an important part of healthcare. Then, whatever you learn - follow suggestions and stay alert. Still, whatever it is - worry is not helpful. Do your best! ...Read more