Primary carcinoma of the Bartholin gland: a report of 14 cases and review of the literature

Obstet Gynecol. 1982 Sep;60(3):361-8.


Fourteen cases of primary carcinoma of the Bartholin gland were treated between 1955 and 1980. Follow-up information was available on all patients. Ten patients have survived free of disease for 5 or more years. Three patients with positive inguinal lymph nodes have survived 5 years. Histological patterns and lymph node involvement are analyzed. The authors' data and a review of the literature support the concept that radical vulvectomy with bilateral inguinal-femoral lymphadenectomy is required for all histologic types of Bartholin gland carcinoma. Routine pelvic lymph node dissection is not necessary when the inguinal-femoral nodes are negative for metastases.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / mortality
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adenocarcinoma / therapy*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bartholin's Glands*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lymph Node Excision
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Middle Aged
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / mortality
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / pathology
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / therapy*