Bartholin Abscess

Bartholin Abscess

The Bartholin's glands are located on each side of the vaginal opening. These glands secrete fluid that helps lubricate the vagina. Sometimes the openings of these glands become obstructed, causing fluid to back up into the gland. The result is relatively painless swelling called a Bartholin cyst.

At times, the fluid within the cyst may become infected, resulting in pus surrounded by inflamed tissue (abscess).  This can be extremely painful and even prevent sitting down.

A Bartholin cyst or abscess is common. Treatment of a Bartholin cyst depends on the size of the cyst, the pain and whether the cyst is infected. Sometimes home treatment is all you need. In other cases, surgical drainage of the Bartholin cyst is necessary.  We perform a “Marsupialisation” in which we stitch the edge of the gland lining to the skin leaving a finger sized opening.  This the closes to a normal size duct opening to allow drainage.

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