Paraurethral cyst in adult women: experience with 85 cases

Urol J. 2014 Nov 1;11(5):1896-9.


Purpose: To present the clinical experience in the management of Skene's duct cysts (paraurethral cysts) in women.

Materials and methods: A retrospective chart review of patients who have underwent surgical treatment for paraurethral cyst between 2002 and 2012 was performed. A total of 85 women were diagnosed with paraurethral cyst over a 10-year period. The paraurethral cysts were detected at vaginal examination. Evaluations consisted of urine analysis and culture and urinary tract ultrasound. The first 20 cases underwent cystourethroscopy as well. All patients underwent surgical incision, drainage and marsupialization of the cyst. They were followed for evidence of any complications and recurrence.

Results: The mean follow up time was 5.5 years. Totally, 83 patients (97.6%) were cured. There were two cases of recurrence which were treated with second surgical attempt.

Conclusion: Most paraurethral cysts in women may be diagnosed by history and physical examination alone. Simple incision and marsupialization of the female paraurethral cyst was effective in more than 97% of our patients, without recurrence.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cysts / complications
  • Cysts / diagnosis*
  • Cysts / surgery*
  • Drainage
  • Dyspareunia / etiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urethra
  • Urination Disorders / etiology
  • Young Adult