D and C

The D and C - An abbreviation for dilatation and curettage, a gynaecological procedure in which the cervix (neck of the uterus) is dilated, then the endometrium (lining of the uterus) is scraped away and a sample is removed for analysis.

D and C was once used to diagnose disorders of the uterus, but has largely been replaced by hysteroscopy, an endoscopic technique for viewing the uterus lining or taking a biopsy (tissue sample) from the lining. Endometrial biopsies can also be taken using a small vacuum suction device.


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