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Abnormal Pap Smear Results

The Differences in the Pap Smear "Abnormal" Category

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Updated July 09, 2009

Abnormal Pap Smear Results


ASCUS

If you have received an ASCUS pap, it means that abnormal cells were detected on the cervix. This can be a result of an infection as well, so it is import to follow up with your physician.

LGSIL: (Also called CIN I) mild dysplasia has been detected. Also Includes cell changes caused by HPV (Human papillomavirus)

HGSIL: This type of result is divided into two categories:
  • Moderate Dysplasia: (also called CIN II) abnormal cells make up ½ of the thickness surface lining

  • Severe Dysplasia: (also called CIN III, or carcinoma in situ) the entire thickness of the epithelium (surface cell layer) is composed of abnormal cells but cells have not spread below the surface
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