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Inconclusive Pap

Inconclusive pap smear is performed to determine the presence of abnormal cells, but the exact reason of abnormal vaginal discharge and other problems can be determined with a cone biopsy. Newer methods such as Thin Prep and Hybrid Capture give higher confidence to abnormal results. Women will generally be requested to repeat the test within a 4-6 month period to monitor abnormality, cervical inspection (colposcopy & biopsy) of suspicious areas, and testing for HPV. Inconclusive pap smear is performed to determine the presence of abnormal cells, but the exact reason of abnormal vaginal discharge and other problems can be determined with a cone biopsy.

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Inconclusive Pap

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Vaginal Discharge, Cone Biopsy

Also, slight irregularities associated with minor cervical infections, menopausal fluctuations, douching, or other irritations can cause some confusion. The quality gathering and preserving the specimen, or the presence unrecognizable or borderline cellular changes too difficult to classify affect the result. An undetermined cytology means the specimen was difficult to differentiate. Inconclusive pap smear is performed to determine the presence of abnormal cells, but the exact reason of abnormal vaginal discharge and other problems can be determined with a cone biopsy.

Other Topics: HPV Virus, HPV, HPV Picture, HPV Type, Pregnancy HPV, Cervical Cancer Human Papilloma Virus, Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Dysplasia and Fertility, Abnormal Pap Smear, Genital Wart

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

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