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Pap Test

Pap test or Papanicolaou test or smear is the procedure, where the doctor collects cells from the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Here, the tissue lining the cervix is gently scraped off, and the cells that are collected are tested for cervical cancer.

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Can you kindly explain my Pap smear result taken for foul-smelling discharge?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a history of foul-smelling discharge smelling like a dead rat, so I took a Pap smear. Can you kindly explain my Pap smear result, what it means and what medication I should use? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Navajith A. Mani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Pap (Papanicolaou test) smears are the screening tool to assess cellular changes within the cervix. Documentation exists for varying levels of sensitivity and specificity for the test. Because the test is not 100% sensitive, it is important t...  Read Full »

My pap test shows endocervical and squamous cells. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a Pap done last week and I got the results back today. It says I am negative for an intraepithelial lesion of malignancy (NIL). And under specimen adequacy, it says satisfactory for evaluation. Endocervical and/or squamous cells (endocervical component) are present. What does th...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pap smear is a cervical cancer screening tool for gynecologists. Firstly, whenever a sample is observed under the microscope, the pathologist has to comment on the adequacy of the sample. Your cervix has ectocervix (containing squamous, flat cells), and an endocervix (c...  Read Full »

I am seeking information on ovarian cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been reading about ovarian cancer and wondering about the role of Pap tests (Papanicolaou test) in its detection. Can you clarify if Pap tests are effective in identifying ovarian cancer, or are they mainly for detecting cervical issues? Also, are there specific symptoms or sig...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. I can understand your concern. Pap test has no role in detecting ovarian cancer. Pap test (Papanicolaou test) helps detect early cervical cancer. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are pain in the abdomen or pelv...  Read Full »

Can you please check my PAP test results and give suggestions?

Query: Hello doctor, I am attaching my PAP test result reports. They suggest a need for HPV testing and further treatment, such as managing inflammation and colposcopy. Please go through them. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I went through your reports (the attachments have been removed to protect the patient's identity). Regarding your histology report that shows squamous disproportial binucleated cells, I propose you have developed a cervical intraepithelia...  Read Full »

My pap smear report demonstrates changes. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My pap smear report showed intermediate and fewer superficial squamous cells with dense neutrophilic infiltrate, lacto and coccobacilli. It also reported cellular changes associated with inflammation. What does it mean?  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. There are plenty of acute inflammatory cells (neutrophils) and bacteria, possibly bacterial vaginosis. Clinically, you could be having white discharge from vagina. Based on pap smear findings, there is only bacterial infect...  Read Full »

I underwent a Pap smear test. What does the report suggest?

Query: Hello doctor, Is the Pap (Papanicolaou test) smear test normal? I am worried as it says please follow up with a gynecologist. Please see the attached report. Nature of material received: Cervical pap smears - two slides received. Specimen type: Conventional smears. Reporting system: The Bethesda sys...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, I appreciate that you have chosen for your medical needs. I am here to give you the best care possible. I have seen all three attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It shows that you are a known case of hypertension along with thyroid. You had meno...  Read Full »

I have bumps on my vagina. Are these genital warts?

Query: Hello doctor,I have bumps on my vagina for which I did a Pap smear test, and it came back abnormal ascus. I am awaiting further results; however, I wonder if these bumps on my vagina are genital warts. I am attaching the pictures kindly review.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I have examined the pictures attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). From the pictures and the symptoms mentioned, I suggest it is a genital wart. It is a contagious diseases, caused by huma...  Read Full »

After a routine pap smear I developed a growth on the lips of my vagina. Is it due to the pap smear?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a regular pap smear recently and the following day I began to have pain and irritation on one side of my vagina lip. I figured it was because of the pap smear. That night I had to sleep without underwear and keep my legs open to avoid any pain and friction. The next day I investiga...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems to be due to folliculitis during the procedure. As sterile gloves, speculum disposable is used nowadays so there is no chance of getting an infection in such a way. Clean the vagina with vaginal wash regularly. Apply betadine cre...  Read Full »

Is surgery the only option for cervical erosion?

Query: Hi doctor, I did my pap smear test yesterday and transvaginal ultrasound. I had scanty periods issue and usually lasted only two days or so and then spotted for four to five days. Hence, I underwent the test doctor. After checking myself for a pap smear, my doctor told me that I have bleeding inside...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your pap smear report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The report shows that there are no signs of malignancy as such. The second thing is there is a fungal infection that is Candida albicans. Now there are two things to be treated first...  Read Full »

Kindly review my pap-smear test reports and give your opinion.

Query: Hello doctor, I need some clarification on my pap-smear test results. I underwent surgery last year, where blood was found in my cervix. I have attached my laboratory result for it. Kindly suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have not given a detailed surgical, gynecology, medical, and drug history, but I will try to help as you described. I have seen your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). This report did not mention in detail about anything. But the repor...  Read Full »

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