NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, owner of Manhattan Gastroenterology, is now offering anal pap spears at his Upper East Side NYC medical facility.
Any person who is at an increased risk for developing anal cancer should have a pap smear performed to evaluate for possible cell changes that can develop into anal cancer. High-risk individuals include HIV positive men and women, those who engage in receptive anal intercourse, have or suspect they have anal warts, are immunosuppressed, or women with a history of high-grade cervical, vulvar, vaginal dysplasia or cancer.
The incidence of cervical cancer has diminished significantly due to the advent of Pap smears. HPV affects the anus in the same way it affects the cervix as these consist of the same cell type. "Any person who is at an increased risk for developing anal cancer should have this simple test done," warned Dr. Khodadadian. "It only takes a minute or two and involves your doctor inserting and brushing a small swab into the anal canal."
The sample will be sent to a laboratory to check for the virus subtypes that cause anal warts, as well as checking for any changes in the cells that make up the lining of the anus. If abnormal cells are present, a high resolution anoscopy (HRA) is warranted. "HRA is a procedure that allows us to closely inspect the affected tissue in the anal canal," explained Dr. Khodadadian. "Any abnormal appearing tissues are biopsied and sent to the pathology lab to look for signs or pre-malignant cells or cancer cells which will require further treatment."
Manhattan Gastroenterology strives to provide preventative, personalized, and comprehensive medical care. If you feel you are at risk for anal cancer, call the office to schedule an anal pap smear so you can be evaluated.
About Dr. Shawn Khodadadian of Manhattan Gastroenterology:
Dr. Shawn Khodadadian is a top-rated, board certified Upper East Side NYC gastroenterologist (GI doctor). He is also an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and a clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Khodadadian performs complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to treat conditions such as anal warts, abdominal pain, peptic ulcers, Crohn's disease, Celiac Disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, GERD, heartburn, ulcerative colitis, and hepatitis diagnosis & treatments. Colonoscopy, breath testing, small bowel capsule, laser hemorrhoids removal, and upper endoscopy are offered and performed onsite.
Dr. Shawn Khodadadian
983 Park Ave, Ste 1D
New York, NY 10028
SOURCE Manhattan Gastroenterology