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A curette could be used for an adenoidectomy or in obstetrics. During an adenoidectomy, a mirror is placed at the back of the throat to make the adenoids visible, the curette is then swept across the adenoids, cutting them away. In obstetrics, the curette is used to grasp the upper portion of the cervix so that the opening to the uterus may be gradually widened with metal dilators. Once this has occurred the curette is inserted into the uterine cavity and is used to gently scrape the lining of the uterus. The tissue is then sent to a pathologist for microscopic examination. The curette was also previously used as a method of abortion.


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