What is a reactive cell?

What is a reactive cell?

Cells that look abnormal when examined under the microscope. Reactive cells look abnormal. They are called reactive because their abnormal look is caused by something close to the cells. Put another way, the cells are reacting to something around them.

What does favor reactive mean?

“Favor reactive” indicates that the noted cellular changes are thought to be secondary to a benign process, while “favor neoplasia” indicates that the changes are suspicious for AIS or adenocarcinoma.

What does reactive reparative cellular changes mean?

“REACTIVE AND OR REPARATIVE CELLULAR CHANGES NOTED” Reactive changes that are benign in nature, associated with inflammation (includes typical repair), atrophy with inflammation (“atrophic vaginitis”), radiation, an IUD, and other nonspecific causes.

What does it mean when a biopsy is reactive?

Your doctor may use the term “reactive lymph nodes” when examining you for a swelling or mass. If you have a biopsy of a mass, you might also see a reference to reactive lymph nodes when you review your lab results. This means your lymph nodes are reacting to something going on in your body.

What does a reactive Pap smear mean?

Specimens from some women may also show “reactive cellular changes”, which is the way cervical cells appear when infection or other inflammation is around.

Should I be worried about atypical glandular cells?

Atypical glandular cells (AGC) diagnosis should be immediately followed up with a clinician. There is risk of premalignant lesions in patients diagnosed with AGC is as high as 11%, the risk of endometrial cancer is 3%, and the risk of cervical cancer is 1%. AGC is found in <1% of cervical cytology specimens.

What does it mean when your Pap smear shows reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation?

Should a reactive lymph node be removed?

Reactive lymph nodes are usually just a sign that your immune system is doing its job by fighting off an infection. They should go down in size as you heal. If they feel hard or don’t seem to be shrinking back to their usual size as your illness resolves (usually within a week or two), contact your doctor.