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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

Print version ISSN 0034-7434On-line version ISSN 2463-0225


RIVAS-PERDOMO, Édgar E. A case report and literature review regarding giant Bartholin gland cyst. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2010, vol.61, n.4, pp.353-358. ISSN 0034-7434.

Introduction: the case of a patient who had a giant Bartholin gland cyst is presented; it reached 10 cm diameter, presenting some diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties, requiring the excision of the gland and later reconstruction of the vulva. Definitive diagnosis was established by pathological anatomy. The case is presented as it led to a review of the pertinent literature regarding the relevant treatment. Materials and methods: a search was made of the pertinent literature in PubMed, SciELO, ScienceDirect and MD Consult databases, using the key words "Bartholin glands", "cysts", "marsupialization". Pertinent reference books were also reviewed. Conclusions: the urgency of treatment depends on a particular patient's treatment. An asymptomatic cyst may not require treatment; however, if there is no improvement within the first 72 hours or it evolves towards an abscess, then it will require emergency surgical treatment. A broad variety of treatments has been described which includes a series of surgical procedures, which include: simple incision and drainage, fistulization or marsupialization, placing a Word catheter, sclerotherapy with alcohol, applying silver nitrate and cyst ablation using carbon dioxide (CO2) laser.

Keywords : giant cyst; Bartholin gland; vaginal cyst.

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