Glossary

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  • Colposcopy Colposcopy
    • A procedure done in the clinic to evaluate an abnormal pap smear.
    • It usually involves placing a speculum as if a pap smear were going to be done. The cervix is then examined closely with the scope. Very small biopsies are usually done at this time.
    • The diagnosis will be made based on the biopsies, although a general impression can be made at the time of colposcopy.
    • The procedure tends to cause some cramping so pretreatment with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen in eligible patients is wise.
    • Results typically return in one to two weeks.
    • This procedure can be safely done during pregnancy.
    • Most patients return immediately to normal activity. We typically recommend sexual abstinence for two days.
    • The patients may note some vaginal spotting after the procedure; they should not have profound bleeding.
  • Cystometrics
    • Also called urodynamics.
    • Testing geared toward evaluating how the bladder performs with filling and voiding.
    • Purpose is to diagnose bladder functional abnormalities and, thus, will guide management.
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