Dilation and curettage

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1. the act of dilating or stretching.
3. an increase in the diameter of a circular structure, such as the pupil.
dilation and curettage D and C; expanding of the ostium uteri to permit scraping of the walls of the uterus. See also abortion.
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dilation and curettage

n. Abbr. D & C
A surgical procedure in which the cervix is expanded using a dilator and the uterine lining scraped with a curette, performed for the diagnosis and treatment of various uterine conditions.
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di·la·tion and cu·ret·tage

(D & C) (dī-lā'shŭn kyūr'ĕ-tahzh')
Dilation of the cervix and curettement of the endometrium.
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Dilation and curettage (D and C)

A procedure performed under anesthesia during which the cervix is opened more (or dilated) and tissue lining the uterus is scraped out with a metal, spoon-shaped instrument or a suction tube. The procedure can be used to diagnose a problem or to remove growths (polyps).
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References in periodicals archive ?
WHEN A 46-YEAR-OLD WOMAN reported irregular bleeding, her gynecologist performed dilation and curettage in February.
Several months later, she underwent a dilation and curettage for continued bleeding.
A 39-YEAR-OLD WOMAN underwent multiple surgeries performed by her ObGyn: tubal ligation, dilation and curettage, hysteroscopy, and emergent hysterectomy.
B, a gynecologic oncologist, for a hysteroscopy and dilation and curettage (D & C).
The office has long been the ideal environment for minor procedures such as endometrial biopsy, dilation and curettage, diagnostic hysteroscopy, hysterosonography, and insertion of an intrauterine device--but difficulty traversing the cervix has relegated many of these procedures to the OR.
A WEEK AFTER DELIVERING a healthy baby, a woman underwent an emergency dilation and curettage (D&C) because of severe, life-threatening bleeding.
No fetal heartbeat was recorded, and a dilation and curettage (D&C) was performed to remove fetal remains.
An accurate medical, gynecologic, and obstetric history is essential, including information on pregnancies, dilation and curettage, cervical procedures such as cryotherapy, and any other procedures that may increase the risk of cervical stenosis, or difficulty dilating the cervix.
Transabdominal ultrasonography has been used to guide dilation in difficult dilation and curettage procedures, and is especially useful in women with a history of uterine perforation.
Every ObGyn has used endometrial biopsy to assess abnormal uterine bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, infertility, or recurrent pregnancy loss, or to monitor women on hormone replacement therapy (28,29)--so its advantages over dilation and curettage should come as no surprise.
A 72-year-old woman with a uterine polyp presented at the hospital for a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure.