abnormal PAP

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Registered: 05-21-2009
abnormal PAP
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Fri, 04-16-2010 - 5:28pm
I found out that my PAP came back abnormal.  "ascus"  What exactly does this mean?  They told me to come back in about 3 months to do a repeat test.  I'm kind've worried that it came back abnormal.  About 2 1/2 months ago, I found out that I had a fairly large ovarian cyst.  It has since shrunk and is not causing me anymore pain.  I was told that I do have some smaller cysts, but they are not bothering me right now.  Would that have anything to do with why the PAP came back being abnormal?  I doubt it, but you never know...  Any help would be greatly appreciated!:)  Thanks!!!
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Registered: 08-07-2007
In reply to: jadh9796
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 12:29pm
To my knowledge, ovarian cysts are not detected on a pap.

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Registered: 11-16-2001
In reply to: jadh9796
Tue, 04-20-2010 - 8:11am

I couldn't find something specific for you here, but I found this on another site:


"An ASCUS pap smear result is considered to be mildly abnormal. This is the most common type of abnormal Pap smear. ASCUS stands for Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance,and basically means there were mild cellular changes and the the cause in unknown.



The first step in managing an ASCUS Pap smear is to repeat the Pap test. Many times a slight infection or cervical inflammation may causes a Pap to come back as ASCUS. The Pap may be repeated immediately or within 4-6 months. The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to clear up any possible infection prior to the repeat Pap.



Remember to not have sex, douche, or use tampons 24-48 hours prior to the Pap smear test. These can often give false results.



The bottom line is that there is no immediate cervical cancer risk in an ASCUS Pap smear. It is very important to follow up with a repeat Pap smear or colposcopy if your doctor orders."


I hope this helps and good luck!