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Postby hols537 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 03:07 pm

by hols537 (1031 Posts), Wed Dec 02, 2009 03:07 pm

I had my annual Pap last month (first "regular" exam since Jonathan was born) and got a call today that the results were abnormal (she said ASCUS). As I understand it, it's basically abnormal cells with no apparent reason. They said my body may clear it on it's own and they want to recheck me in May. Anyone have this happen and are there any connections to childbirth or preeclampsia that I should worry about? It sounds like most of the time this goes away on it's own, but I'd feel better hearing some first hand accounts... Thanks!
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby kara » Wed Dec 02, 2009 04:18 pm

by kara (6614 Posts), Wed Dec 02, 2009 04:18 pm

Yep! I had one a couple years before pregnancy. I was rechecked in 6 months and everything was fine. Sometimes it is lab error too. Just make sure you get checked again when you are supposed too. It's a really common result, so I don't think it has anything to do with PE. Maybe hormonal changes, I suppose. It's not even related to cervical cancer. But recheck will make sure.
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby denise » Wed Dec 02, 2009 05:13 pm

by denise (5480 Posts), Wed Dec 02, 2009 05:13 pm

I've had one as well. The next one came back the same, so I had a colposcope (hope I'm spelling that correctly) where he took a small snip of tissue, which ultimately came back just fine. That was in Jan 2004 and my paps since have been normal.
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby mnmom » Thu Dec 03, 2009 06:28 am

by mnmom (1419 Posts), Thu Dec 03, 2009 06:28 am

My sister had one this summer. No pre e and her youngest is 12 yrs old. Her recheck also came back just fine.
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby hannahsmom » Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:09 am

by hannahsmom (1141 Posts), Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:09 am

I also had this result about a year before I became pregnant with Hannah. I had a colpo and everything turned out fine. Good luck!
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby trish » Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:43 am

by trish (2949 Posts), Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:43 am

A few years ago I had one come back abnormal & had to have follow up & everything was fine. The only hassle was changing insurance somewhere in there & had to report that I'd had an abnormal pap & they wanted documentation to "prove" that everything was fine at the re-check. @@
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby babyemsmom » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:08 am

by babyemsmom (269 Posts), Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:08 am

Same thing happened to me, I had to have a colpo too and then get rechecked and everything was fine. This was several years before Em, so I don't think it has anything to do with PE.
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby hols537 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 01:00 pm

by hols537 (1031 Posts), Thu Dec 03, 2009 01:00 pm

Thanks - you've all made me feel much better about this. I guess it seems much scarier in medical terms than it really is :)
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Re : ASCUS?

Postby tracym » Thu Dec 03, 2009 07:22 pm

by tracym (375 Posts), Thu Dec 03, 2009 07:22 pm

I too had this sometime after my first child. Repeat pap in 6m showed a little more abnormality. They took a couple of biopsys during a Colposcopy which came back as CIN 2. I had laser ablation (sp?) which got rid of it all. I was rechecked at 3m, 6m & 6m and now have annual pap smears instead of 2 yearly as recommended.

It's not uncommon at all to have a initial abnormal pap and then for it to be fine at the next one. In fact, I had to argue for my colposcopy as the gyn dr kept saying they'd just repeat the pap in 6m. I don't know how many times I had to explain my GP had already done that and that's why I was there! I wonder if the integrity of the sample can vary causing an unusual result. Sometimes I will bleed a little and I'm sure that would skew the pathology somewhat.

I don't believe there is any relation to PE.
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