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Cervix (Definition)

The uterine cervix is the opening of the ...Read more


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Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test? .

Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test?

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Yes: Pap smear may pick up endometrial cancer, but it will miss more than it will pick up. Pap is far more useful for detecting cancer of the uterine cervix. ...Read more

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Hidden cervix after leep difficult to do smear test?

Hidden cervix after leep difficult to do smear test?

Sometimes: Many things can make doing a pap smear difficult. If the uterus is severely tilted, displaced, or removed (partial or supra cervical hysterectomy); visualizing the cervix may be difficult. Relaxed vaginal walls, scarred or shortened cervix, or even body size are more common reasons for a "hidden" cervix. Most gyns know the tricks to find the cervix, just find one more stubborn than your cervix! ...Read more

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Will a cervical smear test hurt?

Will a cervical smear test hurt?

Not really: Nothing is absolute. Some patients may have some discomfort or cramping, but the procedure is generally not painful. ...Read more

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Would a Pap smear, coloscopy, and biopsy of cervix cells detect a herpes infection?

Would a Pap smear, coloscopy, and biopsy of cervix cells detect a herpes infection?

Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For good health- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

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Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

Pap smear: No. Pap smear is a screening exam to detect early stage of cervical cancer. It will not tell if it is pregnant or not. ...Read more

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What does a pap smear test for?

What does a pap smear test for?

Risk of cancer: It is a screening test to look for changes in cells that may at risk of becoming cancerous. If done correctly, the test can prevent vast majority of the cases of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Can you detect mycoplasma on a pap smear?

Can you detect mycoplasma on a pap smear?

No: Pap is not designed to test for mycoplasma. It may be cultured but even that does not have a good yield. Please consult your doctor as you should be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases as well. Mycoplasma can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

No: Not really. The pelvic exam can rule out any masses or major abnormalities. Pcos is diagnosed based on clinical findings and abnormalities in blood work(hormonal). Endometriosis is diagnosed by laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Mild inflammatory pap smear, negative on dysplastic cells. Should I worry? Doc prescribed antibiotics. When to repeat pap smear test again?

Mild inflammatory pap smear, negative on dysplastic cells. Should I worry? Doc prescribed antibiotics. When to repeat pap smear test again?

Prfobably neg.: Pap smears are important in detecting premalignant cells that are in the process of converting to malignancy. The test however is only 40-50% accurate. Along with the cell analysis , routine HPV testing is done which when positive only suggests the potential for malignancy developing. I would repeat the test in 6 months and if inflammation seen, bx may be indicated. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for high risk HPV & abnormal pap so having colposcopy done. When should you do a repeat pap smear?

Depends on findings: Of examination by colposcopy. It your doctor detects an abnormal site, s/he may do a biopsy, and will advise about the frequency of pap testing. In any case you should not wait more than one year for a repeat pap. ...Read more

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Can a cervical smear test detect cancerous cells?

Can a cervical smear test detect cancerous cells?

Of the cervix: A pap smear is designed to screen for cervical cancer and precancerous changes of the cervix. It does not test for any other type of cancer. ...Read more

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Does a normal pap smear you have a negative pap smear?

Does a normal pap smear you have a negative pap smear?

Yes: Normal=Negative for abnormal cells. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Hidden cervix after leep difficult to do smear test. What can I do?

Hidden cervix after leep difficult to do smear test. What can I do?

Short Cervix: After a leep procedure, it is not unusual to have a shortened cervix that may be challenging for your doctor to evaluate. Unfortunately, how your body responds to the surgery is something that you may not have control of. If your pap smear has inadequate cells because of stenosis (closed cervix), some hormonal cream may be applied to facilitate the opening of the cervix. ...Read more

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Do you have a blood test, pap or biopsy test for cervical cancer?

Do you have a blood test, pap or biopsy test for cervical cancer?

Pap, biopsy and HPV: Cervial cancer screening depends on pap smears and hpv testing. If there are abnormal findings, a biopsy and examination by a pathologist are needed. ...Read more

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What can pap smear pick up?

Abnormalities: The pap can detect abnormal cervical cells, the presence of some types of infections and the presence of some std's. ...Read more

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Can you get abnormal pap smear due to pregnancy?

Can you get abnormal pap smear due to pregnancy?

Sometimes...: During pregnancy there can be inflammation which can be interpreted as an abnormality by the pathologist. Sometimes women who carry the hpv virus can express it during pregnancy due to changes in immune response, and an abnormal pap smear can show up. It may resolve after delivery, but may need investigation during pregnancy with colposcopy and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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Normal pap 2 yrs back.did pap today.doc told inflammed cervix.being treated for yeast infection.will pap test be normal?reason for inflammed cervix?

Normal pap 2 yrs back.did pap today.doc told inflammed cervix.being treated for yeast infection.will pap test be normal?reason for inflammed cervix?

Probably normal: Presence of a Pap failing to reveal malignant cells but rather showing inflamed cells not definitive for dx. Inflammation common from yeast and HPV but neither tells Ca or not. Pap stain only 60% accurate in defining premalignant cells so after infection clears, HPV to be tested and periodic repeat Paps needed. New test looking for squamous antigen being developed and is 100% accurate in dx. ...Read more

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