Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition of the cervix, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Cervical dysplasia usually appears without symptoms, therefore it is important to see your OB-GYN for an annual exam, as well as regular pap smears after the age of 21, to screen for any abnormal cells.
Cervical Dysplasia Treatment
Should abnormal cell activity be detected during a pap smear, your physician may recommend a diagnostic test called a colposcopy to examine the cervix. In the case of mild cervical dysplasia, regular pap smears can monitor cell behavior and alert your physician if the condition becomes more serious and requires treatment. For moderate or severe cases of cervical dysplasia, a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) to biopsy the cervical tissue may be recommended.
Patients ages nine to 26 can receive an HPV vaccine to protect against the four most common strains of the virus. The recommended age is between nine and 11 before your child becomes sexually active, and both boys and girls can receive the vaccine.
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