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Unread 04-30-2002, 01:59 PM
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Hi! I had a complete radical hysterectomy last year. I went on April 17th and had a pap smear done. It came back that I have "atypical something cells". I am assuming that this is pre-cancer cells?
My gynecologist wants me to come back in 3 months and have another pap smear. He said there was a chance that it showed this abnormal result because of inflammation. If that test comes back showing the same thing, they said that I will have to have a biopsy.
I haven't been able to stop crying. I am very unsure of what all of this means and it has scared me terribly. Could someone please explain this to me? Also, I am unsure of what this could be since, I no longer have a cervix.
Thanks a lot for your support!
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Unread 04-30-2002, 02:14 PM
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Hi Lorrie, I am so glad that you posted your concerns.

*I will try to explain but please remember that I am not a Dr and he/she is probably the best one to explain this correctly *

The term - atypia - is usually used when some very slight changes in the cells ( in this case vaginal cuff/ wall ) are detected. Often these changes are due to inflammation or sometimes due to wart virus infection.

It is usually suggested to be checked in 3 - 6 mths.

Of course you are scared but the Dr is doing the right thing and this is still not at all cancer . Even after a hysterectomy, you must be checked regularly especially if you had the hyster because of any type of cancer. Or if you have HPV. In a very small number of women ( I am one of them ) cancer can still occur on the vaginal wall or any part of the vulval area.

* but remember you dont have cancer *

Please dont be alone when you are feeling like this. thats what we are here for , to support you and to give you lots of hugs so that you can get through these times of stress. sending big hugs to you x x
Unread 04-30-2002, 04:23 PM
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s Lorrie

Now that your cervix is gone, your pap smear comes from the top of your vagina, or vaginal cuff. Atypical cells could show up from the slightest irritation or inflamation. This does not mean cancer!!!! Your doc is right on top of it, saying to do another pap smear in three months. Hopefully it will be normal at that time. It sounds like you are in good hands.

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Unread 04-30-2002, 07:40 PM
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The gals have given you a good description, just the way my dermatologist described it to me on the mole I had removed last year.

I know its scary hearing "abnormal" or atypical but it isn't cancer but at the same time its very good that they're keeping a close eye out.

{{Hugs}}to you!

Unread 04-30-2002, 07:49 PM
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I just wanted to add my 's to those above. So many things can cause an atypical result. Try to relax and take care of yourself for the next couple of months. The human body has great healing reserves within it. Eat well, rest well, keep your stress to a minimum, and look into taking a good multivitamin so you are sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

Here's another for good measure. Come here anytime. We are always here!
Unread 05-02-2002, 08:55 PM
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Thank you all for your help and information! You are great ladies who have been through a lot! I will keep you posted on how things are going with me! One last question (at least for this post!-lol) My gyn called yesterday and said for me to use Cleocin creme vaginally for the next 7 days to reduce inflammation, anyone know anything about this? :; Lorrie
Unread 05-03-2002, 05:00 AM
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Hi, Lorrie!

You can add as many things to this post as you want! Cleocin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. So, your doc may be thinking that you have a bacterial infection that's contributing to your abnormal PAP. My doc has followed the same procedure for me before. Vaginal bacterial infections can pop up for no reason whatsoever, and many women are walking around with them without any symptoms (they have an abnormally high bacterial count, but no other symptoms). Now, in a certain percentage of women, the cleocin (or any antibiotic) can start you on your way to a yeast infection-- just so that you know.

Good luck, Lorrie! I hope this does the trick for you.

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