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Old 08-07-2007, 05:59 PM   #1
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What exactly is a coloscopy and a biopsy?

Hi..I am 19 years old. I just came from the doctor and was diagnosed with genital warts The secretary told me i am scheduled in September for a coloscopy and biopsy. I didn't even know this. Last time I was there they gave me a pap smear, but they never called me with the results. Was something wrong with my pap? If the pap was abnormal is it because of the genital warts??The secretary told me she couldn't give me any info and to call the doc. So what exactly is a coloscopy and biopsy???

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Old 08-07-2007, 10:25 PM   #2
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Re: What exactly is a coloscopy and a biopsy?

Hi Kaylinn,

A colposcopy is usually done when a PAP comes back abnormal. The doctor will put a vinegar-like solution on your cervix and take a look at your cervix with a high powered microscope. If the doctor sees something out of the ordinary, he/she will do a biopsy of the suspicious area(s). The biopsy will tell you what you are dealing with.

I would suggest you get with your doctor and take a list of all your questions about your PAP and upcoming colpo. They should also provide a copy of your PAP result, if you wish, upon your signed consent. The fact that they scheduled the colpo for Sept instead of right away kinda says that they are not TOO worried about the PAP result but want to check it out. If the PAP result showed something alarming, they would call ou back for the colpo as soon as possible. Just be sure to keep your colpo appointment and follow ups :-)

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Old 08-09-2007, 04:54 AM   #3
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Re: What exactly is a coloscopy and a biopsy?

Genital warts are caused by the HPV virus. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer. I am sure your DR is doing the colposcopy and biopsy to be very cautious.I would not be too worried, I am sure the DR is just making sure to stay ahead of any problems. Try not to worry, this happens a lot with people.

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