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Are endometrial cells collected in a Pap test?

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Endometrial cells are sometimes collected in a Pap test, according to the University of Chicago Medicine. Endometrial cells are found in the lining of the uterus. A Pap test is used to collect cells from the cervix and the vagina.

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When cells are collected from a Pap test, they are placed under a microscope to check for any abnormalities, notes the University of Chicago Medicine. If there are abnormal cells from the lining of the uterus, the woman has follow-up tests to check for endometrial cancer. However, there are no good, specific tests for endometrial cancer, and the Pap test does not collect cells directly from that area.

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