Abnormal Pap and colposcopy

Picture of colposcope and cervix

Follow-up for an abnormal Pap test may include a colposcopy. The doctor uses a microscope (colposcope) to look at the cervix. Smooth, pink tissue indicates a normal cervix. Abnormal cells growing on the cervix may be cervical cancer or cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer.

Last Updated: January 5, 2009

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Kevin Holcomb, MD - Gynecologic Oncology

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