This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Bartholin's abscess

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

This is a common benign lesion of the vulva representing a dilatation of the duct of Bartholin's gland. It typically presents as a unilateral swelling on the posterolateral aspect of the introitus. Usually, the cyst is about 2 cm in diameter but may reach up to 8 cm. It contains sterile mucus and is asymptomatic.

Secondary infection of the cyst produces a Bartholin's abscess. The organisms usually cultured are staphylococci, streptococci, E. coli and on occasion, gonococci. The abscess is often tender. Treatment options include marsupialisation of the gland to create a fistulous tract between the wall of the duct and the skin.

Recurrent infection in the older woman should raise the rare possibility of carcinoma.

Related pages

Create an account to add page annotations

Annotations allow you to add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation. E.g. a website or number. This information will always show when you visit this page.