To ECC or Not to ECC: The Question Remains

Rita W. Driggers, Christopher M. Zahn

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The usefulness of endocervical curettage (ECC) in evaluating women who have abnormal cervical cytology and histopathology has been debated for years; data regarding performance of ECC in the diagnostic evaluations of squamous and glandular lesions are mixed. There are no well-done randomized trials or systematic reviews regarding the usefulness of ECC. The yield on ECC increases in the setting of unsatisfactory colposcopy; in this situation, there seems less controversy regarding performance of an ECC. Reproducibility of ECC-rendered diagnosis is a concern. Data are needed to further define the role of ECC in evaluating women who have cervical disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-597
Number of pages15
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • ECC
  • Endocervical curettage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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