Office management of Bartholin gland cysts and abscesses

Am Fam Physician. 1998 Apr 1;57(7):1611-6, 1619-20.


Bartholin gland cysts and abscesses are common problems in women of reproductive age. Although the cysts are usually asymptomatic, they may become enlarged or infected and cause significant pain. Often the clinician is tempted simply to lance the cyst or abscess, since this technique can be effective for other common abscesses. However, simple lancing of a Bartholin gland cyst or abscess may result in recurrence. More effective treatment methods include use of a Word catheter and marsupialization, both of which can be performed in the office.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis
  • Abscess / therapy*
  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnosis
  • Adenocarcinoma / therapy
  • Adult
  • Bartholin's Glands*
  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Cysts / therapy*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy
  • Recurrence
  • Vulvar Diseases / diagnosis
  • Vulvar Diseases / therapy*
  • Vulvovaginitis / diagnosis
  • Vulvovaginitis / therapy