Approach to Bartholin's abscesses and recurrences under office conditions

J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod. 2021 Nov;50(9):102186. doi: 10.1016/j.jogoh.2021.102186. Epub 2021 Jun 16.


Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the various treatment methods and recurrence rates regarding Bartholin's gland abscesses under office conditions in our clinic.

Methods: In our study, the data of 155 patients who applied to the gynaecology and obstetrics clinic of our hospital between January 2017 and November 2020 and had Bartholin's abscess that was treated with surgical methods under office conditions were analyzed retrospectively.

Results: Of the 155 patients included in the study, 111 underwent incision drainage, 22 underwent marsupialization, and 22 underwent incision drainage+ silver nitrate. Bartholin's abscess was localized on the right side in 48.4% of the patients and on the left side in 51.6% of the patients. Recurrence was detected in 53 of 155 patients included. Recurrence was detected in 39.6% of the patients who underwent incision drainage in the first treatment, 31.8% of those who underwent marsupialization, and 9.1% of those who underwent incision+silver nitrate. The difference in success, based on recurrence rates, was found to be statistically significantly in favour of silver nitrate (p<0.05). In secondary treatments for recurrent cases, marsupialization or incision+silver nitrate treatment was effective in over 90% of cases, while incision drainage was effective in 30% of patients.

Conclusion: The findings of our study show that silver nitrate application led to a lower recurrence rate than the other two methods. In view of this, we recommend that marsupialization or silver nitrate be preferred, especially in the treatment of recurrent cases.

Keywords: Bartholin's abscess; Bartholin's gland; Marsupialization; Vulvar abscess.

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / epidemiology
  • Abscess / surgery*
  • Administrative Personnel / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Bartholin's Glands / microbiology
  • Bartholin's Glands / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Paracentesis / methods*
  • Paracentesis / standards
  • Paracentesis / statistics & numerical data
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies