Low-grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion (LSIL) / Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

If you have been diagnosed with Low-grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion (LSIL) / Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) by colposcopy, what does this mean? [Remarks: LSIL was formerly known as Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) I]

If a woman who has undergone colposcopy +/- biopsy has been diagnosed with Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion, it means that the cells of the cervix are abnormal and have changed in appearance. For example, LSIL denotes mild changes, and HSIL denotes moderate or severe changes.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection of cervical cells can result in cell damage which can increase the risk of developing cervical cancer.

If your colposcopy report shows LSIL/HPV, this means that you have mild cervical cells changes/you have been infected with HPV.  However, the majority of women will recover spontaneously without any treatment within 2 years.  In the meantime, you need to have regular and more frequent follow-up cervical smears to monitor your condition.

When should I receive the follow-up cervical smears?

According to the ‘Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening’ published by the Hong Kong College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, after colposcopy you will need repeat smear tests every 6 months until you have 3 consecutive normal cervical smears.  Afterwards, you can return to routine cervical smear every 3 years.

If your cervical smear report is abnormal during follow-up, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

For any enquiry, please contact our medical and nursing staff.

(Content revised 03/2017)