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Unread 02-18-2004, 10:28 AM
abnormal pap


I just had an abormal pap with atypical glandular cells in the uterus. I don't understand what this means. I am only 28 years old and don't have kids. I don't want to have a hysterectomy at this age. Can anyone offer insight on this? Possible causes, treatment options other than hysterectomy. I go to the doctor next week for colposcopy and endometrial biopsy. In the meantime, it's just wait and see. T
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Unread 02-18-2004, 12:51 PM
abnormal pap

Hi Worried,

Sorry to hear that you are going through this--having an abnormal pap is always scary! Did the doctor say that the abnormal cells were in the uterus or the cervix?

If it's the uterus I'm not sure what your options are but if it's the cervix you may be able to have other treatments that are as effective as hysterectomy, depending on the stage and type of abnormal cells.

Unread 02-18-2004, 04:14 PM
abnormal pap

Were the atypical cells FROM your uterus? I had that one time, uterine (endometrial) cells present on my cervix. They too showed up in a pap smear. I had an endometrial biopsy, another pap smear, and everything was fine. It's fairly common and rarely means anything, especially if you take hormones or are on the pill. When I got this report I asked the nurse what the chances were that it would be something serious. She said, 'very unlikely' and she was right.

Make a list of questions so that you don't forget them and can take the list to the doctors office when you go.

Let us know what happens when you see the doctor.

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Unread 02-19-2004, 06:56 AM
abnormal pap

Thanks so much for your comments. It really helps to relieve my mind. And yes they did say the abnormal cells are in my uterus. I hadn't heard that about hormones, but I am on the pill, so it is a possibility. I had another abnormal pap smear about 6 months ago and they did a colposcopy and everything came back fine. They didn't see any signs of displaysia, which if I understand correctly means precancerous cells. Thanks again!
Unread 02-19-2004, 07:48 AM
abnormal pap

I've hesitated on how to answer your message. but here goes.

AGUS usually means nothing, especially if you are on hormones or BC pills. My AGUS was cancer. But my ob/gyn was so shocked, he actually had tears in his eyes when he called me in and told me.

So..........don't be overly frightened by this. But do not let it go. Get it completely checked out.

The odds are definitely in your favor

nancy j
Unread 02-19-2004, 07:53 AM
abnormal pap

Thank you all so much! I don't go to the DR until next week, so you can only imagine the thoughts that have been going thru my mind until then. Obviously, I have been thinking the worse, but hopefully everthing will be OK.
Unread 02-19-2004, 01:30 PM
abnormal pap

Hi Worried,
And I know you are. But remember that the odds are in your favor. You are on BC and don't seem to have any displaysia. This is a PLUS! Be sure to write down all of your questions before your appointment and take a pen and paper with you.

Do as much research on the web as you can. There are some really helpful ones posted at the top of the cancer concerns board that I have found helpful.

I don't want to scare you, but I had a endo biopsy and it was fine. However, a later D&C showed complex hyperplasia with atypia. This really shocked my doctor, considering I am only 35 and have no kids. I had only been off BC for 3 years.

There are options for a hysterectomy. Sometimes horomone therapy is a viable option, especially in someone so young. That's what I am doing now.

Hang in there girl and know that you are not alone.

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