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A gynecological consultation a year, from the beginning of sexual life, with Papanicolau (or vaginal cytology) and Colposcopy is appropriate to detect possible anomalies in the tissues of the cervix, also called Dysplasias, in time.

The word Dysplasia means disordered growth, and it can happen in any tissue in the body. The most frequent that we gynecologists treat are cervical and breast dysplasias. If you look at a section of the cervix under a microscope, for example, you might see several layers of cells. In a dysplasia there is no such organized growth process.

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Did you know that the Human Papillomavirus can cause precancerous lesions?

One of the most common sexually transmitted infections is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Sexually active women before the age of 20 are much more likely to contract precancerous lesions in the cervix, or Cervical Dysplasia, due to this pathology. In the case of men, they are asymptomatic carriers of the disease.


The virus can be at rest for up to 20 years, which is why it cannot always be related to recent sexual contact, so it is advisable to have an annual gynecological check-up.


​Cervical Dysplasias are diagnosed through a Pap smear, which is a test that detects changes in the cervix, such as infections or abnormal cells; and Colposcopy, which is a study that enlarges the vision of the cervix, the vaginal walls and the entrance to the vagina.

Treatment with CO2 Laser Surgery


In the case of mild dysplasia, there are some abnormal cells, but as the severity increases, the proportion of healthy cells against abnormal cells can rupture the base of the cervix, becoming an invasive cancer.


An effective treatment is CO2 Laser Surgery, in which a small beam of high-intensity light is used to vaporize abnormal cells in the cervix. Dr. Roberto V. Salim performs this procedure on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia. Schedule your consultation.


​Dysplasia is NOT cancer, but it must be treated in time to prevent its appearance .

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