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Repeat Pap after Atypical squamous cells

Repeat Pap after Atypical squamous cells

Question

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?

Thanks.  

Answer

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.