Curettage - Definition

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Curettage is the action of thoroughly cleaning by scraping, using the finger (usually called flushing) or different surgical tools, the inner surface of any natural body cavity (node, uterus) or not (abscess). The aim is usually to remove from the cavity in question any trace of dead tissues or those that are hazardous to health, but it can also involve taking a sample of tissue for further investigation. The most common are the curettage of the uterus during a Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (VIP), the dental abscess, or the curettage of the ganglion in breast cancer.