Bartholins Abscess Management, Gynaecology

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The Bartholin’s gland is a mucus secreting gland located bilaterally at the base of the labia minora, at the level of the hymen. When the duct becomes blocked, a cyst may form and the gland may be palpable. If the cyst becomes infected, an abscess may form which can cause severe pain. The life-time risk is approximately 3%. 

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