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Abnormal PAP Smear Overview

Another name for Abnormal PAP Smear is Cervical Dysplasia.

What is cervical dysplasia?
A woman with cervical dysplasia has abnormal, non-cancerous cells growing on the surface of the cervix. In some cases, the abnormal cells may transform into cancer cells. A PAP smear can detect cervical dysplasia early, so that it can be treated before cancer develops. About 3% of routine PAP smears show cervical dysplasia.

What are the symptoms of cervical dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is common but does not cause symptoms.

How does the doctor treat cervical dysplasia?
Treatment for cervical dysplasia includes a variety of office-based surgical procedures to remove the abnormal cells off the surface of the cervix.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Abnormal PAP Smear References
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