Benign vulvar tumors

Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Oct;28(7):1088-97. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2014.07.014. Epub 2014 Jul 31.


In the last few decades, gynecological visits for vulvar conditions have increased, often for symptoms of vulvar itching and burning. Although benign vulvar tumors are an uncommon condition of the lower genital tract, it is important to consider these tumors in the differential diagnosis of vulvar complaints. To date, there is no accepted classification for benign tumors. However, these tumors can be differentiated by clinical criteria, such as benign cystic and solid tumors. Common benign tumors of the vulva include the Bartholin gland cyst or abscess, epidermoid inclusion cysts, and angiomas. Many benign vulvar tumors are asymptomatic and are found only on self-examination. Depending on the type of lesion, most do not require excisional treatment. It is important for the gynecologist to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions as malignant tumors require proper treatment.

Keywords: benign vulvar tumors; solid vulvar tumors; vulvar cystic tumors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Abscess / therapy
  • Cysts / diagnosis*
  • Cysts / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Hemangioma / diagnosis*
  • Hemangioma / therapy
  • Humans
  • Vulvar Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Vulvar Diseases / therapy