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Endometrial cells on a pap

06/09/2008

Question:

If endometrial cells show up on my pap (and it was right before my period) but I am only 45, not in menopause yet and they were not abnormal, why do I need a biopsy?

Answer:

It really depends on the rest of your history. Typically, unless the endometrial cells are abnormal, a premenopausal women is expected to have some endometrial cells on a Pap smear. There may be something in your history that makes a biopsy a good way to rule out any uterine, not cervical, pathology.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated