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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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TY - ELEC T1 - Bartholin Abscess ID - 307083 ED - Barkin,Adam Z, ED - Barkin,Roger M, ED - Hayden,Stephen R, ED - Rosen,Peter, ED - Schaider,Jeffrey J, ED - Shayne,Philip, ED - Wolfe,Richard E, BT - 5-Minute Emergency Consult UR - https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307083/all/Bartholin_Abscess PB - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ET - 5 DB - Emergency Central DP - Unbound Medicine ER -