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.