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Polyps of the Cervix

Cervical polyps are common fingerlike growths of tissue that protrude into the passageway through the cervix. Polyps are almost always benign (noncancerous).

About 2 to 5% of women have cervical polyps. They are probably caused by chronic inflammation or infection. They are rarely cancerous.

Most cervical polyps do not cause any symptoms. Some polyps bleed between menstrual periods or after intercourse. Some become infected, causing a puslike discharge from the vagina. Polyps are usually reddish pink and less than ½ inch (about 1 centimeter) in diameter.

Diagnosis and Treatment

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Doctors can detect polyps when they do a pelvic examination.

Polyps that cause bleeding or a discharge are removed during the pelvic examination in the doctor's office. No anesthetic is needed. Rarely, bleeding occurs after polyps are removed. If it does, a caustic substance, such as silver nitrate, is applied to affected area with a swab to stop the bleeding.

If symptoms (bleeding and a discharge) persist after polyps are removed, a Papanicolaou (Pap) test or a variation of it (cervical cytology) is done to rule out cancer of the cervix. Also, a sample of tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is taken and examined under a microscope (endometrial biopsy) to exclude endometrial cancer.

Resource: Merck Manual Home Edition

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