dilation and curettage (D&C)


A procedure in which the cervix (the lower, narrow part of the uterus, or womb) is widened (dilated) so that a curette (a spoon-shaped instrument with a sharp edge) can be inserted into the uterus to remove cells, tissues or growths from the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus).

Doctors use D&C to determine the cause of and treat uterine bleeding or to remove cysts sacs in the body that are usually filled with fluid or semi-solid material).