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In Surgery, what is Curettage?

Tricia Christensen
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Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Curettage is a medical procedure involving the use of an instrument called a curette. This is a relatively sharp instrument, which may be varied in shape and size. It can scrape and remove some tissues from varying parts of the body. Most people are familiar with the name in context of the D & C or dilation and curettage, a procedure used to stop abnormal bleeding in the uterus, end a miscarriage and until recently perform most abortions. This is only one way a curette might be employed and there are multiple circumstances where soft tissue removal is achieved using a curette.

The shape of the curette makes it highly adaptable for scraping small areas of tissue and removing them. In some circumstances, doctors will use a curette to gather tissue for a biopsy. This could be done in context of something like the D & C or it might be used to biopsy small moles.

Some types of skin growths like basal cell skin cancers can become exceptionally deep under the skin layers. Surgeons removing these growths may choose a curette as a primary tool to scrape out the cancer underneath the skin.

Sometimes the scraping or scooping of the curette is combined with a form of electrosurgery. Many removals of tissue on the skin surface are done using a procedure called curettage and electrosurgery. These two methods might be combined for removal of either basal or squamous cell skin cancers. They also can be used to remove basic moles, regular or genital warts, precancerous growths on the skin, and some tumors called angiomas.

Though normally used for soft tissue removal and scraping, a form of curettage is also employed in dental work. Curette tools that are sharp can remove plaque and tartar from teeth. In fact, most people are familiar with the look of a curette from this particular use.

This simple definition of curettage is that it is a surgical procedure used to remove tissue. The degree to which it is employed may depend on the doctor or surgical specialty. Since the instrument used is relatively small, it does have limits. A curette would seldom be the preferred choice for removing huge amounts of soft tissue, such as a large fibroid or other tumor. Instead, it is typically for small precise work that scrapes off and/or takes out a little bit of tissue.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a TheHealthBoard contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

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