Dilation and Curettage

Definition of Dilation and Curettage:

The scraping of the lining of the uterus (the endometrium).  There are two main reasons for performing a D&C: to remove tissue remaining in the womb in a recently pregnant woman, and as part of the investigation of a woman who is experiencing heavy or irregular periods or vaginal bleeding after menopause.

Also: D&C, Dilatation and Curettage

Topics Related to Dilation and Curettage

Endometrial Cancer

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: Endometrial cancer can be diagnosed by using endometrial biopsy or by dilatation and curettage (D&C) of the uterus...”

Endometrial Hyperplasia

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: Diagnosis can only be made by a pathologist who examines a sample of tissue removed from the thickened lining by a sampling procedure such as endometrial biopsy or dilatation and curettage (D&C)...”

Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

...the condition
“...In cases of secondary dysmenorrhea, dilation and curettage (D&C) may be recommended to open the cervix and remove tissue for microscopic testing...”
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