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Conditions We Treat: Cervical Dysplasia

Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition in which abnormal changes occur in the cells of the cervix. If left untreated, cervical dysplasia can cause cervical cancer.

Cervical Dysplasia: What You Need to Know

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  • The cervix is the lower narrow part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina. 
  • An HPV infection can cause the cells of the cervix to change and grow, which is known as cervical dysplasia — a precancerous condition.
  • HPV infection and cervical dysplasia typically do not cause any noticeable symptoms.
  • Doctors use findings from routine gynecological visits and the Pap test (Pap smear) to diagnose cervical dysplasia. 
  • Treatment for cervical dysplasia depends on the amount of cell changes in the cervix.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of cervical dysplasia?

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Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you treat and manage cervical dysplasia.

Deb Armstrong

Our Treatments

The Johns Hopkins Center for Cervical Dysplasia provides patients with an accurate diagnosis, information to manage their condition and access to innovative treatments.

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Our Research

Johns Hopkins is a member of the Specialized Program of Research Excellence for cervical cancer and a recipient of a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute. Our researchers are conducting trials for therapeutic vaccines to treat women with HPV-associated precancerous lesions and invasive cancer.

Meet our researchers and learn more about their work.