Abnormal pap smear, should I be concerned?

Abnormal. Depends on the abnormality detected, but the proper management should be based on pap smear results. Do not panic, but, please, do not take it lightly and talk to your obgyn doctor.

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What is an abnormal pap smear?

A sampling of your. Cervix shows cells that are not totally normal. There are different levels of abnormal cells, and depending on such findings, your doctor will proceed with further testing and or treatments. Read more...
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...

What could an abnormal pap smear mean?

PAP smear. Definition of abnormal pap smear is too broad. It depends on the type of the abnormality detected. In any case any abnormal pap smear should be taken seriously and the obgyn should be contacted immediately. Read more...

What does it mean to have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends on severity. Depending on the severity of abnormality, it may just require retesting sooner than the usual 1-3 years. Hpv testing may be warranted. If abnormality is high grade, it may require colposcopic examination and biopsy. Read more...

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...
Abnormal pap. Depending on the actual lesion, a colposcopic exam will be done. A colposcopy is a magnifying glass or binoculars that look at your cervix after Acetic Acid (vinegar) is applied. Read more...