Tent introducer, steel, by Young of Edinburgh, late 19th century
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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