Paraurethral cysts in female neonates. Case reports

Acta Paediatr. 2003 Jun;92(6):758-9. doi: 10.1080/08035320310002669.


Paraurethral or Skene's duct cysts are a rare congenital abnormality in the female neonate and are characterized by a round, yellow or orange-coloured cystic mass on either side of the urethra meatus. In the past 17 y we have treated six cases of paraurethral cysts in our unit. All patients underwent incision and unroofing of the cyst resulting in complete healing. The diagnosis and therapeutic options for this rare lesion are reviewed.

Conclusion: Paraurethral cysts are not as rare as suggested in the literature. Excision, marsupialization and needle aspiration of the cyst are all effective methods of treatment. However, spontaneous resolution has also been reported. It is suggested that the least aggressive therapy should be used.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cysts* / diagnosis
  • Cysts* / pathology
  • Cysts* / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Urethral Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Urethral Diseases* / pathology
  • Urethral Diseases* / therapy