Unusual presentation of Bartholin's gland duct cysts: anterior expansions

Roman Rouzier, Madeleine Azarian, Françoise Plantier, Elisabeth Constancis, Bassam Haddad, Bernard-Jean Paniel
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2005, 112 (8): 1150-2
The medical records of 32 patients who underwent surgery for a vulvar mucinous cyst located between the urethral meatus and the fourchette were reviewed. Nineteen (59%) patients had been referred to our centre because of cyst recurrence after incision or excision. The majority of the cysts were lined by a single layer of tall columnar cells with zones of squamous metaplasia. Subacute or chronic bartholinitis was demonstrated in 94% of the cases demonstrating that these cysts were anterior expansions of Bartholin's gland duct cysts. No ipsilateral recurrence was observed after cyst and gland excision.


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