Gynaecology

Abnormal Pap Smear

Sometimes mild abnormalities may be picked up on a pap smear. This may be caused by a mild infection or sometimes something a little more serious like precancerous changes of the cervix.

A colposcopic examination allows us to look at the cervix more closely. A colposcope is a ‘magnifying’ machine which allows us to visualize the cervix. Areas that may be precancerous changes may appear more prominently after application of acetic acid (which is like vinegar). If such areas are present during the colposcopic examination, a biopsy can be taken of the affected area for histology. Good news is that these precancerous changes of the cervix can be treated effectively by removing the affected tissues through a minor procedure, thereby preventing cervical cancer from developing.

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