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What is an abnormal pap-result?

Here are several possible abnormal pap-results:

LSIL is a low-grade abnormality.  Your doctor sees changes in your cells, but isn’t cancer.  Your doctor will likely call for a colposcopy exam, which will take place in the doctor’s office.  Depending on the results of the colposcopy, you may need a LEEP or Cone Biopsy.

ASCUS means that your doctor sees some difference in your cells, but she will need to take a closer look.  You may need to take an HPV test.  If you have already taken an HPV test, you may either need to take another Pap test or have a colposcopy exam performed.

HSIL is a high-grade abnormality.  Although it isn’t cancer, it is more serious than an LSIL result.  Your doctor will check on your past history to assess your risk.  She may perform either a colposcopy, LEEP or Cone Biopsy depending on your specific result.

We have information about Pap smears and testing regimen in Dr. Crawford’s article Keeping On Track.

For more in-depth information, please review this Factsheet from cancer.gov.

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