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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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My pap smear and my results were endocervical/transformation zone component atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance?

My pap smear and my results were endocervical/transformation zone component atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance?

Follow up needed: You should discuss follow up with your doctor. Typically a colposcopy is recommended to look closer at your cervix. ...Read more

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What does endocervical cells/squamous meta plastic cells are absent in a Pap smear mean?

What does endocervical cells/squamous meta plastic cells are absent in a Pap smear mean?

Otherwise: If pap is negative for abnormal cells and HPV, this is ok.
If HPV not tested, may need repeat pap to insure an adequate sampling of the transformation zone of the cervix. ...Read more

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What does Endocervical and/or squamous metaplastic cells (endocervical component) are present on a Pap smear mean?

What does Endocervical and/or squamous metaplastic cells (endocervical component) are present on a Pap smear mean?

Not cancer: It represents growth of squamous cells, that are normally on the exposed part of cervix growing into the cervical canal and is not a serious issue. Follow your doctor's advise about repeat PAP tests.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Results of pap smear is normal but endocervical and or squamous metaplastic cells. Endocervical component are present. What does this mean?

Results of pap smear is normal but endocervical and or squamous metaplastic cells. Endocervical component are present. What does this mean?

Slight abnormality: I am sure your gynecologist can help you address your concerns. Metaplastic cells are slightly abnormal but they are not cancerous. So you do not need to worry. Yet you need to continue to have regular pap smear testing as advised by your gynecologist and follow up on this abnormality which is likely to resolve with time. ...Read more

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My pap smear said normal, but what does this mean "Endocervical Component/Squamous Metaplastic Cells from Transformation Zone are Present."?

Good: That means that the pap smear tested the area between the ecto- and endo-cervix, the "transformation zone". This is the zone where abnormal cells tend to arise, so the fact that this pap smear captured cells from that area is perfect, that's just the area that doctor was hoping to analyze. Metaplastic cells are not cancer, and are benign, so this is a benign result. HOpe that helps! ...Read more

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I had a Pap smear and it stated possible low grade squamous epithelial lesion and mild changes to inner endocervical cells. Should I be concerned?

Abnormal pap: You may have had HPV testing done along with the Pap itself. If negative, then the risk of cancer is low, and you can repeat the Pap in a year. If you didn't have HPV testing, or if the HPV test was positive, you need more testing. Go see a GYN. Overall, though, the risk is still low, and many abnormalities resolve on their own. Bottom line, don't worry and follow up as your doc recommends. ...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.?

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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Pap result: mild inflam. Background, superficial & intermed. Squamous cells w/ benign endocervical cells; history of 2 irreg. Paps. Colposcopy needed?

Pap result: mild inflam. Background, superficial & intermed. Squamous cells w/ benign endocervical cells; history of 2 irreg. Paps. Colposcopy needed?

No: If read accurately, your Pap smear indicates an inflammatory or infectious process - not a premalignant one. Colposcopy is not indicated now but you need to be checked to see what is causing the inflammation...clear the inflammation...repeat the pap...and only then have a colposcopy if the Pap smear shows premalignant cells. You could also be tested for high-risk HPV. ...Read more

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Causes for atypical squamous cells finding on pap with a negative hpv? Can these cells just go back to normal? Does this mean cancer??

Causes for atypical squamous cells finding on pap with a negative hpv? Can these cells just go back to normal? Does this mean cancer??

Yes they can become: Atypical cells can be due to many causes. Some of these causes (like infection/inflammation) do resolve and the cells then normalize. Your doctor just needs to keep an eye on this area to make sure that the cells do not get any worse over the coming 5-10 years. ...Read more

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Hi I did a pap smear and results came back as follow: low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion does it mean I have canser? Or canser cells?

Hi I did a pap smear and results came back as follow: low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion does it mean I have canser? Or canser cells?

It is Not Cancer: These are minimal changes, clearly not cancerous. Your gynecologist can guide you further. Such changes are common and are caused due to infections and do not change over many years. So you do not have to worry right now yet have follow up checks. ...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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If pap smear is abnormal, atypical squamous cells of undetermined endocervical/squamous metaplastic cells are present. + HPV is positive. I worry?

If pap smear is abnormal, atypical squamous cells of undetermined endocervical/squamous metaplastic cells are present. + HPV is positive. I worry?

Probably not: This is a common finding on a pap smear and is slightly abnormal. It is not likely to be anything dangerous. However, the only way to be sure is to be evaluated by your doctor. Most times an exam called a colposcopy is recommended in the office. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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After having a leep of CIN 2-3, my latest pap smear says I have metaplastic squamous cells. What does that mean?

After having a leep of CIN 2-3, my latest pap smear says I have metaplastic squamous cells. What does that mean?

Benign process.: Metaplasia is a reactive condition that occurs even in the normal cervix. The outer cervix (ectocervix) is composed of squamous cells, while the inner cervix (endocervix) is lined by glandular cells. In an inflamed environment, such as after a leep, glandular cells undergo metaplasia to squamous cells, as squamous cells are hardier. ...Read more

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What mean of pap smear test? Superficial, intermediate squamous cell, metaplastic and endocervical cell seen. Many cell with kilocytic atypia seen.

Abnormal: Your gynecologist will go over your results and recommend the plan of care. Make sure you keep your follow up appointment and wire specific questions that you might have. ...Read more

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Pap results were rare atypical squamous cell/High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion w/ negative HPV OB didn't explain please help!! ?

Pap results were rare atypical squamous cell/High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion w/ negative HPV OB didn't explain please help!! ?

Unsure: You will need additional evaluation and may need treatment for the abnormal cells. If your doctor does not give a reasonable explanation of your condition and the appropriate work-up and follow-up, you should consider finding another doctor. ...Read more

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Pap smear reveals mainly superficial and intermediate squamous epithelial cells. Few endocervical cells and marked leukocytosis with candida buds?

Pap smear reveals mainly superficial and intermediate squamous epithelial cells. Few endocervical cells and marked leukocytosis with candida buds?

ABNORMAL PAP: ABNORMAL PAP, secondary to yeast infection. Follow up with your doctor for treatment. Then recheck pap at a later date ...Read more

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After pap smear came back with squamous cell carcinoma, , my doctor only recommended a second pap smear in six months. What would you recommend?

Confirm diagnosis: Be absolutely sure you have the correct diagnosis. Have your doctor sit down and go over the result with you. Squamous cell carcinoma is frank cancer of the cervix, needs at minimum a biopsy to confirm and then treatment. Other precancerous lesions such as low grade squamous intrepithelial lesions can be followed with a pap in 6 months, but that also depends on age. ...Read more

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Ascus pap w/hpv high risk. Biopsy says ectocerv. Squamous mucosa w/inflm. N reactive changes. What's this indicate? Doc said bact. Vaginosis. I disagr

ASCUS: It indicates that you do not have precancerous condition, but the follow up is indicated since hpv was detected and ascus was identified. Bacterial vaginosis can be detected by pap and is easely treatable and completely benign condition. Protected sex is advised. ...Read more