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Inconclusive Pap Test

Inconclusive Pap Test

An inconclusive pap test is performed only to determine the presence of abnormal cells, but if the patient has an abnormal vaginal discharge, pain or itching, cone biopsy is used to make a final diagnosis. The following are considered reliable and feasible: a repeat examination twice over a 4 to 8 month time frame, examination of cervix via colposcopy and biopsy, and testing for HPV. CDC and the American Cancer Society have established guidelines for the management of women with this situation. An inconclusive pap test is performed only to determine the presence of abnormal cells, but if the patient has an abnormal vaginal discharge, pain or itching, cone biopsy is used to make a final diagnosis.

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Inconclusive Pap Test

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Vaginal Discharge, Cone Biopsy

Sometimes a miniscule cellular change may be borderline and depending upon the clinician it is either normal or an atypical squamous cell of undetermined significance. An undetermined cytology means that the pathologist found the specimen incomplete, indefinable, or unclear due to obstruction. An inconclusive pap test is performed only to determine the presence of abnormal cells, but if the patient has an abnormal vaginal discharge, pain or itching, cone biopsy is used to make a final diagnosis.

Other Topics: HPV and Pregnancy, HPV, HPV Shot, HPV Type, HPV Dysplasia, Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Cancer Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Dysplasia Alternative Treatment, ASCUS, Genital Wart

Dr. Joe Glickman, Jr., M.D.

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