Symptoms & Signs
There are usually no symptoms.
Diagnosis & Tests
A pelvic examination is usually normal.
A Pap smear that shows abnormal cells or cervical dysplasia needs further testing.
- Colposcopy-directed biopsy is done to confirm the condition and determine its severity
- Cone biopsy
- Follow-up Pap smears may be done for mild abnormalities
An HPV DNA test can identify the high-risk types of HPV that are known to cause cervical cancer. This may be done:
- As a screening test for women over age 30
- For women of any age who have a slightly abnormal Pap test result
Review Date : 2/21/2010
Reviewed By : Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, WA; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.