Common questions

Can ASCUS be CIN3?


Can ASCUS be CIN3?

Normal repeat cytology results had an absolute risk of developing CIN3 of 3.1 percent; with a result of ASCUS, the risk was 7.9 percent; with LSIL, the risk was 9.2 percent; and with HSIL, the risk was significantly elevated at 42 percent.

Is ASCUS cervical cancer?

ASCUS is a very common Pap test abnormality and often means that there is no actual disease. However, ASCUS Pap results could be an early warning of a pre-cancer change (dysplasia) or cervical cancer, and should always be followed up.

What infections can cause ASCUS?

ASCUS may be caused by a vaginal infection or an infection with a virus called HPV (human papillomavirus, or wart virus). Your doctor will talk with you about the options of looking at your cervix with a microscope (colposcopy) or repeating your Pap smear every six months for two years.

Can ASCUS cause pain?

The ASCUS incidence was higher in younger sexually active group up to 40 years after which it declined. The ASCUS rate was higher in all parity groups and was commonly associated with pain in lower abdomen and vaginal discharge.

What does ascus stand for on a Pap smear?

Your Pap smear has shown one or more of the following changes. Ask your doctor which of these changes you have. ASCUS (say “ask-us”) stands for atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance. The squamous cells of your cervix were slightly abnormal on your Pap smear.

What are squamous cells of undetermined significance PAP?

ASCUS Squamous cells are flat and thin cells that grow on top of a healthy cervix. According to the Mayo Clinic, when it comes to atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS), a Pap test may reveal “slightly abnormal” squamous cells, but such changes do not necessarily mean that precancerous cells are present.

What does agus PAP mean?

AGUS stands for atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance. These cells were slightly abnormal on your Pap smear. AGUS can occur with infections or with a change in the cells on the surface of your cervix or in the canal of your cervix.

What happens if ascus results are misread?

Far worse outcomes may result if the test reveals atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) and the results are misread or the doctor does not proceed with further testing.