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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap test looks for cervical cancer. The doctor will inserrt a speculum into the vagina to look at the cervix and take a sample of cervical cells to ...Read more


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Help. Last pap smear results came back saying superficial and intermediate squamous and parabasal cells. I have tested negative for h p v & 16/18.?

Help. Last pap smear results came back saying superficial and intermediate squamous and parabasal cells.  I have tested negative for h p v & 16/18.?

Normal: The elements you describe are normal elements in a gyn cytology exam. Negative hpv lessens the risk of dysplasia. Abnormal diagnosis would include atypical squamous or squamous intraepithelial neoplasia. ...Read more

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My 65 year mothers pap smear report says squamous epithellial cells of mainly intermediate and parabasal type. Moderate anisonucleosis and dysplasia?

The key is dysplasia: She will need a colposcopy and biopsy of the cervix and ecc and may need a leep or cervical cone or possible hysterectomy depending on how bad the dysplasia is or if she has worse ( hopefully not) cancer in situ. ...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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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 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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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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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


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