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Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

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Published by: Sig Deliso on Sep 15, 2010
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Dilatation and Curettage
Group 18
Dilatation and Curretage
It is a gynecological procedure in which the lining of

the uterus (endometrium) is scraped away this
procedure involves expanding or enlarging the
entrance of a woman's uterus so that a thin, sharp
instrument can scrape or suction away the lining of
the uterus and take tissue samples.It is minor
surgery performed in a hospital or ambulatory
surgery center or clinic. D&C is usually a diagnostic
procedure and seldom is therapeutic. It may stop
bleeding for a little while (2-6 months), then the prior
abnormal bleeding tends to return.

D&C is commonly used to obtain tissue for
microscopicevaluation to rule out cancer. The

procedure may also be used to diagnose and treat
heavym enstrualbleeding and to diagnose
endometrial polyps and uterine fibroids. D&C can be
used to remove pregnancy tissue after a

miscarriage, incomplete abortion, or childbirth, or as
an early abortion technique up to 16 weeks.
Endometrial polypsmay be removed, and
sometimes benign uterine tumors (fibroids) may be
scraped away.

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