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D and C
D and C (dilatation and curettage) is a procedure in which the vaginal canal is gently held open with a speculum, and the cervix is dilated (widened) with a metal rod. A curette is then passed through the cervical canal into the uterine cavity where endometrial tissue is scraped away and collected for examination.
Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.