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What happens if cell changes are detected during cervical smear test?

What happens if cell changes are detected during cervical smear test?

Depends: Depends on the type of abnormality. Some abnormalities require a repeat pap smear. Others may require a colposcopy (looking at the cervix with a microscope) and a biopsy. ...Read more

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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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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Can you tell me what the significance is of spindle cells being found in a cervical smear test? I have had colposcopy and biopsy, awaiting results.

Can you tell me what the significance is of spindle cells being found in a cervical smear test? I have had colposcopy and biopsy, awaiting results.

Variable.: If the final interpretation is negative for malignant cells, you are ok! as highlighted in one of the replies 'spindle' cells just reflect the shape of cells, which may be benign or malignant (and may be epithelial or stromal from deeper tissue). If malignant, usually it is keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma with 'fiber' cells. Other malignant causes are very rare (e.g. Sarcomas, melanoma, mmt ). ...Read more

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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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What is a cervical smear test? Is it easy?

Check for cancer: A pap smear is a test that is used to screen women for cervical cancer. First, the doc will ask you to undress from the waist down and lie on the table with your feet propped up. The doc will then insert a speculum into the vagina, which opens up so the cervix can be visualized. Next, the doc uses a brush to take a small sample of the cells lining the cervix, and the procedure is done. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to getting a cervical smear test done?

Not really...: A cervical pap smear is the best way known for screening (and then preventing!) cervical cancer. There isn't really an alternative that has been proven to save lives in the same way. ...Read more

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Need I do a cervical smear test if i'm not sexually active?

Need I do a cervical smear test if i'm not sexually active?

Maybe: If you have had 3 consecutive normal smears and never had an abnormal smear, you will not need a new smear for 3 years anexam yearly may still be useful, however. ...Read more

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Could i get a lump in my breast if you've had a cervical smear test done?

Could i get a lump in my breast if you've had a cervical smear test done?

Lump unrelated : At 36 years of age any lump, not of malignant origin is due to the effect of female hormones on breast tissue. The lump may be a fibroadenoma or cyst which is totally unrelated to a cervical smear. ...Read more

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If i had a cervical smear test and i had cervical cancer would the actual smear result written to me say a finding of cancer? Or something else.

If i had a cervical smear test and i had cervical cancer would the actual smear result written to me say a finding of cancer? Or something else.

Yes if diagnostic: First of all, the sample must be adequate. Sometimes there are not enough cells or there is a lot of obscuring blood and debris and a definitive diagnosis is impossible. If adequate, the diagnosis could be benign (examples: normal, non-neoplastic, inflammatory) or malignant (ex: squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, etc.). Also possible: atypical/premalignant (ex: atypical squamous cells). ...Read more

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Pap smear test result is Mild Inflammtory cervical smear . I want to know what does it's mean . Pls reply to me ..

Pap smear test result is Mild Inflammtory cervical smear . I want to know what does it's mean . Pls reply to me ..

This report is norma: Inflammatory cells are white cells which roam around in our body. So you do not need to worry about this report. Pap is done as a screen for Cervix Cancer. So we look for atypical cells or any precancer like changes, but you do not have any of that in your report. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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