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Would trichomonas be detected on a pelvic exam that did not include a pap smear?

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In brief: Yes

The best way to make a diagnosis of trichomonas is by collecting a sample of discharge in saline and looking at it under the microscope.
The doctor can easily identify the moving trichomonads. When they are dried on a pap smear, they can be confused with vaginal cells.

In brief: Yes

The best way to make a diagnosis of trichomonas is by collecting a sample of discharge in saline and looking at it under the microscope.
The doctor can easily identify the moving trichomonads. When they are dried on a pap smear, they can be confused with vaginal cells.
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Dr. Paul Nowicki
Gynecology - Oncology

In brief: Wet Prep or Pap

Definite diagnosis of trichomonas can only be made by either examination of vaginal discharge under the microscope ( the test is called a wet prep) or on pap smear.
Sometimes vaginal discharge can look like there may be trichomonas to your doctor, but that alone is not enough.

In brief: Wet Prep or Pap

Definite diagnosis of trichomonas can only be made by either examination of vaginal discharge under the microscope ( the test is called a wet prep) or on pap smear.
Sometimes vaginal discharge can look like there may be trichomonas to your doctor, but that alone is not enough.
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