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Abnormal Pap Smear Results

The Differences in the Pap Smear "Abnormal" Category


Updated July 09, 2009

Abnormal Pap Smear Results


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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