dilation and curettage

Pronunciation: (dy-LAY-shun … kyoo-reh-TAZH)

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 dilation and curettage may also be done after a miscarriage or to treat certain conditions, such as abnormal bleeding. Also called D&C and dilatation and curettage.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Dilatation and curettage (D and C). A speculum is inserted into the vagina to widen it in order to look at the cervix (first panel). A dilator is used to widen the cervix (middle panel). A curette is put through the cervix into the uterus to scrape out abnormal tissue (last panel).Dilatación y legrado (DyC). Se introduce un espéculo en la vagina para ensancharla a fin de observar el cuello uterino (primer panel). Se utiliza un dilatador para ensanchar el cuello uterino (panel del medio). Se introduce una cureta hacia el cuello uterino para raspar tejido anormal (último panel). Date last modified: 2015-04-21