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Cervical Dysplasia

Cervical Dysplasia Overview

Cervical dysplasia is precancerous changes of the cells that make up the inner lining of the cervix, the opening to the womb (uterus). These changes are detected by microscopic analysis of cell samples taken from the cervix during a pelvic exam (such as from a Pap smear).

Squamous intraepithelial lesion is the pathology term used to refer to cervical dysplasia observed in smears of cells taken from the cervix. Squamous refers to the type of cells lining the cervix; intraepithelial refers to the fact that these cells are present in the lining tissue of the cervix.

When cervical dysplasia is seen in a biopsy of tissue rather than a cell smear, it is referred to as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.

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