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.

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What exactly does having an abnormal pap smear mean?

More vigilance. Depending on the severity of the abnormality it may require as little as continuing annual paps; colposcopic examination, may be a biopsy, and in very severe cases removal of a cone of the cervix. Read more...

How will I know what does an abnormal pap smear mean while pregnant?

See below. Sometimes Folic Acid deficiency causes the pap to be slightly abnormal and misread i would ask my OB gyn about that and see if you should take folate (folic acid) and repeat the pap. 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...

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...
Abnormal pap. The pap smear has been one of the greatest benefits to women's health because it shows cells that may become cancer in 10-20 years if not treated. The pap also shows other findings like infection and virus (we think that hpv is the most important cause of cervical cancer). Occasionally, the pap will also show abnormal cells from the uterine lining, tubes or ovaries but rarely. Good luck. Read more...

Just received a letter from the doctor saying that I have an abnormal pap smear. What could it mean?

Need more info. There are multiple levels of abnormalities of pap smears. Most just require continued follow-up with yearly pap smear. If the abnormality is more severe it may require colposcopic examination, biopsy or conization. It would be prudent to discuss the results with your doctor who has more details about the results and your health. Read more...