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What is Squamous Metaplasia?

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 11 Sep 2017 | comments*Discuss
What Is Squamous Metaplasia?

Q.I have just received a colposcopy result that confirmed 'squamous metaplasia'. Can you tell me what that is, and what happens next?

(Ms Jessica Poole, 27 October 2008)


Squamous metaplasia is a medical term used to describe the changes occurring to the cells in certain tissues of the body. The title often causes concern for women who initially may be frightened when they hear such a complicated medical term, however there is no need to worry about these findings as they naturally occur in women during certain times of their life.

The cervix is made up of many different types of cells each having their own medical name and these unfamiliar terms can cause alarm to those women who hear them without being given any adequate interpretation of their meaning. When these terms are coupled with expressions such as 'cell changes' or 'colposcopy' it is understandable to see why women feel slightly unnerved and worried about their health and diagnosis.

When you have a smear test of colposcopy the healthcare professional carrying out the test will be trained to look for certain changes to the cells of the cervix along with interpreting results provided by the laboratory in order to make an informed and detailed assessment of your individual circumstance and health.

As squamous metaplasia is a naturally occurring process, the changes are not considered to be dangerous or increase the risk of cervical cancer, however this does not mean that you should stop having a regular smear or report any changes such as discomfort during intercourse, abnormal bleeding such as after the menopause, between periods or after sex or any vaginal discharge that is odourous or blood stained.

The chance of developing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells of the cervix continue to exist, even after a healthy smear or colposcopy so you must stay up-to-date with any screening procedures offered to you.

For now though, you can relax and feel safe in the knowledge that your cervical cells are undergoing natural changes that do not pose any immediate risk to your health and well-being.

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What is the risk in Chronic Cervicitis with Squamous Metaplasia? what treatment required?
rinwang - 11-Sep-17 @ 6:59 AM
Sir it is about my mother actually after 5 years suddenly she had bleeding when she asked to the doctor ,she advised for a test .I want to know it in simple language from you which is in the report "" florid squamous metaplasia with low grade cin and focal high grade dysplasia
seema - 20-Jul-17 @ 3:49 PM
farhana- Your Question:
I Just got my Microscopic Examination Report. I want understand the report could you please help me.Smears show superficial , intermediate squamous cells, parabasal cells and endocervical cells. These reveal inflammatory cellular changes. Also present are metaplastic squamous cells and a moderate number of polymorphs, lymphocytes as well as histiocytes. No atypical cell in seen.

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Your consultant should be able to explain this to you.
FemaleHealthIssues - 6-Apr-16 @ 12:37 PM
I Just got my Microscopic Examination Report . I want understand the reportcould you please help me. Smears show superficial , intermediate squamous cells, parabasal cells and endocervical cells. These reveal inflammatory cellular changes. Also present are metaplastic squamous cells and a moderate number of polymorphs, lymphocytesas well as histiocytes. No atypical cell in seen.
farhana - 4-Apr-16 @ 5:36 AM
I just got my result in colposcopy with cervical biopsy. I want to know whats the meaning of SEVERE CHRONIC CERVICITIS AND ENDOCERVICITIS WITH SQUAMOUS METAPLASIA AND FOCAL KOILOCYTIC ATYPIA. i dont understand all of this? what is this? what will happen next? do i need to worry bout it? thanks, Georly
GG - 21-Nov-15 @ 12:40 PM
@Shy. See your GP for treatment recommendations.
FemaleHealthIssues - 25-Mar-15 @ 2:03 PM
how can i treat a severe squamous metaplasia???
shy - 23-Mar-15 @ 4:15 AM
@IONE> Ask your doctor for more information on your case. They should be able to print off some literature for you. Unfortunately we cannot give individual medical advice.
FemaleHealthIssues - 20-Feb-15 @ 10:38 AM
i undergo DMC last february 03, 2015and the result of my biopsy is i have a chronic endocervicitis with squamous metaplasia and i want to know what is this and and my doctor said that this will happen again in the near future.
IONE - 18-Feb-15 @ 1:24 AM
Respected sir/madam.. regards..i have done cervix biopsy on april 2014and result is cronic cervicitise with endrocervical gland displasia.. on 13 august i have done pap smear ..result is negative for intra epithelial lesion and malignancy..Moderate non specific inflammation...On 26 august i did CARYO CAUTERY and repeat Cervix biopsy and result is CRONIC CERVICITISE WITH SQUMOUS MATAPLASIA..I took complete 3 dose of cervirex vaccination in the year 2011...so pls help me..i need your expart advice..thnk u.
jini - 31-Aug-14 @ 6:16 AM
please explain me further a pathological diagnosis:1.chronic endocervicitis with squamous metaplasia; and 2. consistent with endometrial polyp. I had my menstrual period for 13 days and underwent fractional curettage due to abnormal uterine bleeding G5P4.my doctor submitted samples for biopsy a 2.0 cm diameter, block all, consist of dark brown, soft, irregular tissue fragments-from my cervix; and another 3.0 cm aggregate diameter, block all, consist of dark brown, soft, irregular tissue fragments admixed with blood clots. I was advised by my doctor that if ever I may have another irregular menstruation I'll have to go for operation, the removal of my uterus.and another doctor told me that the above pathological diagnosis is leading to "cancer" .I had sleepless nights for almost 5 days now because I am worried w/ the findings. Kindly enlighten me and explain further what the biopsy results mean?I'm so worried, pls help me.Many thanks
mhie - 14-Jun-12 @ 2:28 AM
i am suffering cramps like period pains when i am not on or due my period
vicki - 30-Mar-12 @ 10:47 AM
i had undergone biopsy of cervix in april 2010 which confirmed squamous metaplasia.later i underwent papsmear test in feb 2011 which suggested no signs of dysplasia........but since last month iam having light yellow discharge which otherwise has no foul smell.........pls let me know if i should again go for papsmear test or when should i go.
MANN - 30-Aug-11 @ 6:52 AM
thanks. got a detailed meaning regarding this word which i encountered only in my friend histopath result.she almost undergone abdominal hysterectomy but last min.the doctor decided not to push thru with the said procedure rather decided to submit her to progesterone therapy.does an endometrial carcinoma's malignanncy be detected thru MRI.just want to learn more bec.my friend is so young 27 yrs.old but diagnosed of that kind of disease.thank again and more power.
ems - 13-Jul-11 @ 8:36 PM
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