How is curettage performed in the treatment of benign skin lesions?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Curettage is a simple technique used for removing small benign lesions. Using a curette (a cutting instrument with a circular or loop-shaped cutting edge), the practitioner is able to scoop out the skin lesion. Normal skin is more resilient to the action of the curette and, therefore, is not easily included in the removal process. The lesion is typically more friable than normal skin and is removed more easily. Repeated passes are usually needed to remove the entire lesion. In the process, the excised lesion becomes too fragmented and distorted to be adequately used for a pathological sample. However, if the initial pass does result in an intact section of the lesion, the section should be seen for pathological examination.


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