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What tests are needed after cervical dysplasia is found?

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A Pap test alone can find cervical dysplasia, but further tests are often needed to decide follow-up and treatment. These include:

  • Repeat Pap tests
  • Colposcopy, an exam of the cervix to look for abnormal cells
  • Endocervical curettage, a test to check for abnormal cells in the cervical canal
  • Cone biopsy, when your doctor removes a cone-shaped piece of tissue for lab testing
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), when your doctor cuts out abnormal tissue with a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop
  • HPV DNA test, which can identify the HPV strains known to cause cervical cancer

From: Cervical Dysplasia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic: "Cervical Dysplasia." American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Understanding Abnormal Pap Test Results." Reuters Health Information: "Ob/gyn group backs HPV vaccines for 11-12 year olds." American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer?" and "Can Cervical Cancer Be Prevented?" College of American Pathologists: "Cervical Dysplasia." CDC: "HPV Vaccines."





Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 5, 2017

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic: "Cervical Dysplasia." American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Understanding Abnormal Pap Test Results." Reuters Health Information: "Ob/gyn group backs HPV vaccines for 11-12 year olds." American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer?" and "Can Cervical Cancer Be Prevented?" College of American Pathologists: "Cervical Dysplasia." CDC: "HPV Vaccines."





Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 5, 2017

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