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Question: Are Bartholin’s duct cysts infectious?

Answer:

Most Bartholin’s duct cysts are sterile; the cyst is filled only with the mucinous material produced by the gland. If the cyst contains purulent material, it is termed a Bartholin’s abscess. These infections are usually polymicrobial. Neisseria gonorrhoeae can sometimes be isolated.

Reference:

  1. Stenchever MA, Droegemueller W, Herbst AL, Mishell DR (eds): Comprehensive Gynecology, 4th ed. St. Louis, Mosby, 2001.
  2. Lee YH, Rankin JS, Alpert S, et al. Microbiological investigation of Bartholin’s gland abscesses and cysts. Am J Obstet Gynecol 129:150-153, 1977. Medline Similar articles

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