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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Colonoscopy = HPV, pap smear = HPV, waiting on Dr. referral but very confused and scared. Have had hysterectomy 6+ years ago. Advise?

Colonoscopy = HPV, pap smear = HPV, waiting on Dr. referral but very confused and scared.  Have had hysterectomy 6+ years ago.  Advise?

Knowledge is power: Learning about your health issues and problems early can make you do the right things. You can take precautions and can remain well. Do not be scared of HPV, now that you have it, because it often resolves if your immune system is healthy. More than 90 percent of such infections disappear with time. So live well now, eat healthy and exercise daily . This is all part of adopting a Healthy Lifestyle ...Read more

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Abnormal Pap Smear (Definition)

An abnormal Pap smear may indicate an infection or abnormal cells called dysplasia. Having an abnormal Pap smear does not always mean you have cancer. It can be caused by infeciton, STD's, HPV, trichomoniasis, herpes, inflammation, or pre-cancerous cells. It's important to have close follow-up with your physician to get the appropriate workup and testing if you have ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Woods
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What does it mean by abnormal pap smear and then after colposcopy, it's normal?

What does it mean by abnormal pap smear and then after colposcopy, it's normal?

Abnormal clls on PAP: This likely means that there are abnormal cells on your pap smear, and that colposcopy found nothing. But you will need and hopefully got a cervical biopsy during your colposcopy, and another pap next year at the earliest if your biopsy was negative. It is not normal, but it probably does not have enough evidence that there is neoplasia/pre-cancer. Keep close follow-up with your dr. To be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Colposcopy.: If your pap smear is abnormal, you are scheduled for colposcopy to see where the abnormal lesion is on your cervix. Acetic acid is added and the lesion shows up as a white patch. Then a procedure like cone or leep biopsy is done and this is examined by a pathologist, who evaluates the lesion. Depending on the result, the next step is determined by you and you doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Elena Roukhadze
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Postpartum abnormal pap smear results, what to do?

Postpartum abnormal pap smear results, what to do?

Postpartum PAP: It depends on the abnormality which was detected, but in case of any abnormality the follow up should be scheduled as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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I had an abnormal pap smear. Would an undetected pregnancy cause it? I have to have a colposcopy done and I nervous about the result.

Abnormal pap: Abnormal paps are caused by inflammation, viruses or aging not pregnancy. You should have a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the abnormal pap and plan appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Marianne DiNapoli
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I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What is an abnormal pap smear?

Needs follow-up: There are various grades of abnormalities on pap smear. Generally an abnormal smear means that some of the cells are at risk of becoming cancerous. It is important to follow-up an abnormal pap smear with repeat testing and/or additional tests, such as colposcopy and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Can you try for a baby even if you've had an abnormal pap smear?

Can you try for a baby even if you've had an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: An abnormal pap smear is not a contraindication for pregnancy. You should continue to have testing on a regular basis and follow the advice of your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Can I still join the army if I have an abnormal pap smear result?

Yes: I am not military, but this should not interfere with your ability to serve effectively. ...Read more

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Dr. Denise Elser
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What could causes an abnormal pap smear?

What could causes an abnormal pap smear?

Many causes: Inflammation, precancerous changes usually due to hpv changes, hormonal changes (esp postmenopause), smoking!, and infectoins. ...Read more

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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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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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