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Doctor insights on: Why A Colonoscopy Is Scheduled After An Abnormal Pap Smear

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What happens during an appointment for a pap smear?

What happens during an appointment for a pap smear?

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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: The recommendation for colposcopy depends on the specific pap result as well as the age of the patient and in some cases hpv status. In many cases, a repeat pap smear at 6 months is appropriate. ...Read more

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I had a suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells with pap smear. I amscheduled for further mamo and another pap. The 2 togethter worrisome or coincident?

I had a suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells with pap smear. I amscheduled for further mamo and another pap. The 2 togethter worrisome or coincident?

Mammogram/Pap: They are most likely coincidental. A suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells in pap are findings on these screening tests, and they don't confirm the presence of cancer. But rarely certain types of breast cancer can metastasize to the uterine cervix. You definitely do need to follow up and find out what these findings really are. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have an abnormal pap 6 months following a colposcopy?

Is it unusual to have an abnormal pap 6 months following a colposcopy?

Very possible: Colposcopy is just the technique of looking at the cervix after applying a solution to help any abnormality stand out through the magnifiers in the eye pieces. Unless the abnormality is biopsied or removed, you could still have an abnormal pap for years afterwards. If it is low grade, it usually resolves; if it is high grade (hgsil), then biopsies or a leep will be done. ...Read more

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How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: Depends on the abnormality found, if the pap shows abnormal cells with high risk hpv types, then coloposcopy is indicated. If the pap shows anything more abnormal such as low grade or high grade dysplasia, then colposcopy is performed. Generally, colposcopy is performed at the most every 6 months depending on the level of dysplasia. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have vaginal pain after a pap smear test?

Is it normal to have vaginal pain after a pap smear test?

Mild, briefly: It is normal to have some vaginal spotting and cramping after a pap smear. If you are having a lot of pain, or non-period bleeding that is more than a little spotting, you should talk to a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Abnormalities found in mother's Pap smear then had bout 3 more done then 2 biopsies and now told to get another Pap smear is that normal procedure?

 Abnormalities found in mother's Pap smear then had bout 3 more done then 2 biopsies and now told to get another Pap smear is that normal procedure?

It depends: It depends on what the abnormalities were and the time frame. Sometimes biopsies are done to be sure there is nothing worse than what is shown on the pap and the abnormality is then safely followed with paps to be sure it doesn't get worse. ...Read more

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When should an endometrial biopsy be done for abnormal bleeding?

When should an endometrial biopsy be done for abnormal bleeding?

If it is unexplained.: If the cause of abnormal bleeding cannot be explained, especially in women over 40, and definitely in all postmenopausal women, an endometrial biopsy should be done to rule out a cancer of the uterus. An endometrial biopsy will take a sampling of cells from inside the uterine cavity that can be sent to a pathologist to look for abnormal cells or hormone imbalances. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap and know my doctor recommends a colonoscopy. Why would this recommended?

I had an abnormal pap and know my doctor recommends a colonoscopy. Why would this recommended?

If there is Cx: Cancer, assessing bladder and rectum part of staging, in that invasion of either upstages, changes treatment options. Speak with gyn-onc about your DX and your treatment options. If not invasive cervix, no clear reason for bowel look at 20, unless they detected blood. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed after a pap smear while pregnant?

Yes: The cervix is very friable during pregnancy, so a day or two of spotting after a pap smear is commonly found and is not worrisome. ...Read more

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What is done during a routin pap smear? This will be my 1st time

Don't worry: You will be asked to undress and placed into a gown. They will have you lay on the exam table and place your legs in sturips. The doctor will sit between your legs and use a speculum, a device to help view your cervix, and insert it into the vagina. Although uncomfortable, hopefully not by much and brief. Once the cervix is seen, a sample is taken with a small brush. ...Read more

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Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?

Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?

Probably not: Though your doctor would most likely do the pap smear and endometrial biopsy at the same time, and in the office. The ultrasound may be before or after, and may be done at your doctors office, or at a hospital or imaging center. ...Read more

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Can I have normal pap smear after leep procedure?

Yes, very likely: You should not be surprised as it is expected to be normal unless the leep did not remove the previous abnormality completely. ...Read more

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Tested positive for HPV twice in 6 months but always had a normal pap. Had colposcopy with biopsy, waiting on results. Is a normal pap a good sign?

Tested positive for HPV twice in 6 months but always had a normal pap. Had colposcopy with biopsy, waiting on results. Is a normal pap a good sign?

Yes, but not perfect: A normal PAP suggests that you have no evidence of cervical dysplasia (precancerous cells). A positive HPV test indicates that you have active virus that can cause dysplasia, which can lead to cervical cancer years later. Women over 30 who have normal PAP, but persistently +HPV (two years), needs Colposcopy to make sure dysplasia was not missed on PAP. See ASCCP Guidelines. Take Care! ...Read more

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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


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