Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hydatidiform Mole D and C

The treatment of hydatidiform mole requires dilation and curettage or D and C.

Dilation and curettage is a surgical procedure that is used to remove the inner lining of the uterus. Before this can be done, the cervix needs to be opened, or dilated. This allows surgical instruments to enter the uterus. One of the surgical instruments, called a curette, is used to gently scrape away the lining. After a D and C, most women resume normal activities within a few days.

Risks of dilation and curettage include:

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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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