D and C, or dilatation and curettage (uterine scraping), is a procedure to scrape and collect the tissue (endometrium) from inside the uterus. It can be used to collect tissue samples (biopsies), treat irregular bleeding, or remove fetal or placenta tissue.
Review Date 3/31/2020
Updated by: John D. Jacobson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Center for Fertility, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.