ABNORMAL PAP TEST - Overview, Facts, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medications
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A Pap smear, usually called a Pap test, is a procedure that is used to test for cervical malignancy in women.

A Pap smear includes gathering cells from your cervix to the lower, thin end of your uterus that is at the highest point of your vagina.

Identifying these unusual cells ahead of time with a Pap smear is the best thing that you could do to stop the growth of cervical disease in advance.

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.


If your Pap smear result is strange, your specialist may plan out a procedure called colposcopy utilizing a unique amplifying instrument called colposcope to analyze the tissues of the cervix, vagina and vulva.

Your specialist will additionally do a tissue test called biopsy from any zones that seem strange. The tissue  is sent to a research facility for investigation and a conclusive diagnosis.

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