Abnormal Pap Smears

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An abnormal Pap test shows that cells in the cervix have changed from a normal to an abnormal appearance. Only a small number of abnormal Pap test results are cell changes that may progress to cervical cancer. Abnormal cell changes of the cervix rarely cause symptoms. So it is important to have regular Pap tests to find cell changes.

A Pap test is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. During a Pap test, a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix is collected by a doctor. The sample is then spread or smeared on a slide (Pap smear) or mixed in a liquid and sent to a lab to be examined under a microscope.

Many abnormal Pap tests are caused by an infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) that will go away on its own and will not lead to cancer.

There are several choices for managing minor cervical cell changes. One of your choices may be watchful waiting. Treatments for moderate to severe cell changes destroy or remove the abnormal tissue.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Anna M. Gorman, DO

Anna M. Gorman

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tracia L. West, MD

Tracia L. West

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy A. Hall, MD, FACOG

Timothy A. Hall

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Suzanne M. Eggers, MD, FACOG

Suzanne M. Eggers

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kiersten M. Moreno, MD, FACOG

Kiersten M. Moreno

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Robert T. Caffrey, MD, FACOG

Robert T. Caffrey

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy J. Billharz, MD, FACOG

Timothy J. Billharz

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kent E. Tegeler, MD, FACOG

Kent E. Tegeler

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alisa R. Ash, MD, FACOG

Alisa R. Ash

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Locations

Independence Women’s Clinic

Independence Women’s Clinic
19550 East 39th Street
#300
Independence, MO 64057
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816-478-0220

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology
2529 Glenn Hendren Drive
Suite 200
Liberty, MO 64068
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816-781-7820