Bartholin Abscess

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  • The Bartholin glands are located inferiorly on either side of vaginal opening:
    • Ducts open on sides of labial vestibule.
  • Obstruction of duct produces a usually painless cyst:
    • Infection of cyst results in abscess formation.


Most common in women aged 20–40 yr


  • Anaerobic and aerobic microflora normally found in vagina:
    • Bacteroides species
    • Peptostreptococcus species
    • Escherichia coli
    • Other gram-negative organisms
  • Occasionally Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis

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