Pap smear

What is Pap smear?

Pap smear meaning A procedure in which a small brush or spatula is used to gently remove cells from the cervix so they can be checked under a microscope for cervical cancer or cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. A Pap smear may also help find other conditions, such as infections or inflammation. It is sometimes done at the same time as a pelvic exam and may also be done at the same time as a test for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). George Nicolas Papanicolaou, a Greek physician, anatomist, and cytologist in the United States was the inventor of the pap smear, which was named after him. For additional information, see http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/cervical/pap-hpv-testing-fact-sheet

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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