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What's the difference between colposcopy and conization?

By Daniel Sosa M.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist on Ovoclinic Marbella).
Last Update: 10/15/2019

The two terms are related to cervical pathologies.

Colposcopy is a diagnostic technique that consists of examining the cervix with a microscope after having applied different dyes and stains. In this way it is possible to locate the existence of a specific lesion and biopsy it for an accurate diagnosis.

Conization is a surgical treatment for premalignant lesions diagnosed in the cervix. It is the exeresis or removal of margins of the entire altered area of the cervix, which has been previously diagnosed by colposcopy.

 Daniel Sosa
Daniel Sosa
M.D., M.Sc.
Gynecologist on Ovoclinic Marbella
Degree in Medicine from the National University of Tucumán in Argentina. Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Master in Human Reproduction by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI). Current medical director of the clinic Ovoclinic.
Licence number: 290846745
Gynecologist. Degree in Medicine from the National University of Tucumán in Argentina. Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Master in Human Reproduction by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI). Current medical director of the clinic Ovoclinic. Licence number: 290846745.