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Endocervical Curettage

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Updated May 06, 2014

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Definition: An endocervical curettage, or ECC, is a procedure where a curette--a spoon-shaped instrument--is used to scrape the mucous membrane of the endocervical canal (the passageway between the cervix and uterus). This procedure obtains a small tissue sample, which is then sent to a pathology lab to be examined for abnormal cells.

An endocervical curettage is performed during a colposcopy and takes just a few minutes to perform. In fact, in most cases the tissue sample can be taken in a matter of seconds.

Some women report brief, moderate to severe discomfort during the ECC. Women can expect to feel mild cramping, much like menstrual cramps, following the procedure.

Pronunciation: en-do-SER-vih-kul kyoo-reh-TAHZH
Also Known As: ECC
Examples:
An endocervical curettage was performed during the patient's colposcopy. The results of the ECC will come back in two weeks, along with the cervical biopsy results.

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