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.
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.

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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...

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 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...

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...
Pap smear. A pap smear does not give a diagnosis, it only gives an idea (a screening test). A colposcopic exam is looking to see if that idea is correct. If the whole exam including the endocervical curettage is normal than that is a good result. 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...

Need expert help here. What are the reasons for an abnormal pap smear?

HPV infection. Infection with the sexually transmitted virus, hpv, is the commonest cause. Other issues are smoking, other sexually transmitted infections, hormonal imbalance and genetic susceptibility. Visit this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/pap/. Read more...