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Tent introducer, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1871-1900

This steel introducer inserted ‘Sea-Tangle tents’ into the cervical canal before genitor-urinary surgery. It was made by instrument maker Young of Edinburgh. Each ‘tent’ is a cylinder about 5-10cm long made from the dried stalk of the marine plant Laminaria digitata. They are inserted into the cervical canal when dry. They slowly expand as they absorb water. This dilates the cervix. The introducer is shown with a box of laminaria tents (A612553).

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Glossary: genito-urinary medicine

The branch of medicine dealing with the genital and urinary organs.

Glossary: gynaecology

A branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.

Glossary: laminaria tent introducer

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