A cervical biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of the cervix
so the tissue can be examined under a microscope. A cervical biopsy is usually
done to investigate areas of abnormal tissue found during a Pap test or
The amount of cervical tissue removed depends on the method
A simple cervical biopsy, sometimes called a
punch biopsy, removes a small piece of tissue from the surface of the
An endocervical biopsy (endocervical curettage) removes
tissue from high in the cervical canal by scraping with a sharp
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a
thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut out abnormal
A cone biopsy (conization) is a more extensive form of a
cervical biopsy that removes a cone-shaped wedge of tissue from the
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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