A procedure in which a small brush or spatula is used to gently remove cells from the cervix so they can be checked under a microscope for cervical cancer or cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. A Pap test may also help find other conditions, such as infections or inflammation. It is sometimes done at the same time as a pelvic exam and may also be done at the same time as a test for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Also called Pap smear and Papanicolaou test.
Definition from: Cancer.govPap test. A speculum is inserted into the vagina to widen it. Then, a brush is inserted into the vagina to collect cells from the cervix. The cells are checked under a microscope for signs of disease. Prueba de Pap. Se introduce un espéculo en la vagina para ensancharla. Luego, se introduce un cepillo en la vagina para obtener células del cuello uterino. Las células se observan al microscopio para determinar si hay signos de enfermedad. Date last modified: 2013-11-05Pap and HPV TestingPruebas de Papanicolaou y del virus del papiloma humano (VPH)