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Dilatation And Curettage

Glossary

dilatation and curettage

A procedure to scrape and remove tissue from the inner lining of the uterus. The cervix is dilated (made larger) and a curette (spoon-shaped instrument) is inserted into the uterus to remove tissue. A tissue sample may then be checked under a microscope for signs of disease, such as infection or cancer. A dilatation and curettage may also be done after a miscarriage or to treat certain conditions, such as abnormal bleeding. Also called D&C and dilation and curettage.

Last updated: 2015-06-03

Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary)