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Descriptor in English: Curettage
Descriptor in Spanish: Legrado
Descriptor in Portuguese: Curetagem
Descriptor in French: Curetage
Entry term(s): Curettages
Tree number(s): E04.157
Scope note: A scraping, usually of the interior of a cavity or tract, for removal of new growth or other abnormal tissue, or to obtain material for tissue diagnosis. It is performed with a curet (curette), a spoon-shaped instrument designed for that purpose. (From Stedman, 25th ed & Dorland, 27th ed)
Annotation: note DILATATION AND CURETTAGE and SUBGINGIVAL CURETTAGE are also available
Allowable Qualifiers: AE adverse effects
CL classification
EC economics
ED education
ES ethics
HI history
IS instrumentation
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
MO mortality
MT methods
NU nursing
PX psychology
RH rehabilitation
SN statistics & numerical data
ST standards
TD trends
VE veterinary
History Note: 65(64)
See also the descriptors: Dilatation and Curettage MeSH
DeCS UI: 3496
Descriptor UI: D003475
Date Established: 1965/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 1995/03/13
Curettage - Preferred
Concept UI M0005423
Scope note A scraping, usually of the interior of a cavity or tract, for removal of new growth or other abnormal tissue, or to obtain material for tissue diagnosis. It is performed with a curet (curette), a spoon-shaped instrument designed for that purpose. (From Stedman, 25th ed & Dorland, 27th ed)
Preferred term Curettage
Entry term(s) Curettages



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