Abnormal Pap Test - Topic Overview
You will need more tests to find out if you have an
infection or to find out how severe the cell changes are. These tests may
- Colposcopy, a
test to look at the vagina and cervix through a lighted magnifying tool.
- An HPV test. Like a Pap test, an HPV test is done on a sample of
cells taken from the cervix.
- Another Pap test in 4 to 6
A colposcopy is usually done before any treatment is
given. During a colposcopy, the doctor also takes a small sample of tissue from
the cervix so that it can be looked at under a microscope. This is called a
Treatment, if any, will depend on whether your abnormal
cell changes are mild, moderate, or severe. In moderate to severe cases, you
may have treatment to destroy or remove the abnormal cells.
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