Introduction and hypothesis: We report our experience with surgical excision for treatment of Skene's gland abscess/infection after conservative measures have failed.
Methods: A retrospective review of patients that underwent surgical excision of Skene's gland abscess/infection by a single surgeon from 06/1995 to 09/2008 was performed. Patients were separated into groups based on indication for procedure. Recurrence rate and success rate were calculated.
Results: The final study group included 34 patients. After initial excision, 88.2% (30/34) of patients had resolution of symptoms. Recurrence of signs and symptoms that prompted further treatment occurred in 30% (9/30). In those that recurred, 88.8% (8/9) of patients had resolution of symptoms after further therapy. Overall success rate in complete resolution of symptoms after all treatment was 85.3%. Only patients to fail were in the urethral pain and recurrent UTI groups.
Conclusion: Surgical excision is a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of Skene's gland abscess/infection after conservative measures have failed.