cytopathology

Reactive changes

What are reactive changes? The term ‘reactive changes’ is used in pathology reports to describe cells that look abnormal under a microscope as a result of alterations in their environment. Common alterations include infection, physical injury, medication effects, and inflammation. Reactive changes can be seen anywhere in the body. Reactive changes are non-cancerous or benign. …
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How to read your Pap test report

What is a Pap test? The Pap test is a screening test that looks for abnormal cells in the vaginal portion of the uterine cervix. It is called a screening test because it is designed to detect disease before a person experiences any symptoms. The test was named after Dr. Georgios Papanicolaou who invented the …
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