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Dilation and Curettage

Conditions Related to Dilation and Curettage

A dilation and curettage (D and C) is used as a diagnostic tool as well as a treatment for several related conditions. A doctor may recommend a D and C to
  • Diagnose or treat abnormal or excessive uterine bleeding
  • Remove benign fibroid tumors or polyps
  • Detect cancer of the endometrium of uterus
  • Prevent infection by removing pieces of the placenta that are not passed naturally during child birth or in a miscarriage (also called a surgical evacuation)
  • Help determine reasons for infertility
  • Treat an embedded intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Treat thickening of the uterus
  • Provide a therapeutic or elective abortion

Locations for Dilation and Curettage