Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer Cervical Biopsy

Cervical Biopsy
Tissue samples can be obtained by three different methods:

  • Cone biopsy or conization: a cone-shaped piece of tissue is removed using a scalpel, laser, electrocautery (heat), or loop electrosurgical excisional device. In this last method the doctor removes tissue with a thin wire loop and a tightly controlled current of electricity. Cone biopsy not only provides a specimen for study under the microscope, but it is also a form of treatment since it may completely remove the cancer from the cervix.
  • Endocervical curettage: the doctor uses a small instrument to scrape tissue from the canal of the cervix. This is an area, which can't be seen with colposcopy.
  • Punch biopsy: the doctor removes a tiny piece of cervical tissue while looking though the colposcope.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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