If abnormal cells were found in your Pap smear, you’re said to have a positive result. A positive result doesn’t mean you have cervical disease. The outcomes relies on the kind of cells found in your Pap test.
Here are a few terms your expert may utilize to prepare for the next plan:
- Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance(ASCUS). Squamous cells are thinly spread and develop on the surface of the cervix.
If no high-risk infections are present, the strange cells found with the test are not of serious concern. If high-risk infections are available, you’ll require additional testing.
- Squamous intraepithelial lesion. This term is used to demonstrate the cells that are gathered from the Pap smear that might be pre-cancerous.
If the cells develop, there’s a high possibility that the lesion may form into disease much sooner. Further testing is important.
- Atypical glandular cells. Glandular cells secrete mucus and are located in the opening of your cervix and inside your uterus. Typical glandular cells may appear strange, however it’s unclear as to whether they’re dangerous.
Additionally testing is required to know the status of these strange cells and their extent of involvement.
- Squamous cell cancer or adenocarcinoma cells. This outcome implies that the cells gathered by the Pap smear show up so unusual that the pathologist is relatively sure that a malignancy is present.