Christina S. Chu, MD
Last Modified: April 21, 2002
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
My pap results came back as "A Typical" Squamous cells and my doctor said to return in 3 months for a repeat pap. Is 3 months typical to re-test for this type of result?
Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds: "Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance" is a common diagnosis on Pap test. The usual follow-up involves repeat Pap tests every 4-6 months for about 2 years. If a test in this time period shows atypical cells again, a colposcopy is performed. If the Paps are normal in this period, it is safe to resume normal yearly screening.
Mar 29, 2013 - DNA-based testing with Hybrid Capture 2 assay is more accurate than repeat cytology in identifying women with cervical cancer when their initial Pap smear showed atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance, according to research published online March 28 in The Cochrane Library.
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