Bartholin's gland hyperplasia in a young woman

Shani Ben-Harosh, Itzhak Cohen, Jacob Bornstein

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Background: Tumors arising from the Bartholin's gland are very rare; the majority are benign. As most instances of swelling in the Bartholin's gland area represent a duct cyst, clinicians tend to perform incision and drainage, rather than excision of the tumor. Case: A young woman with prolonged dyspareunia underwent total excision of the Bartholin's gland because it felt firm and irregular. Histological examination revealed a well-circumscribed lesion containing an increased number of acini with a preserved tubular/acinar ratio - findings were consistent with nodular hyperplasia. Conclusion: Bartholin's gland hyperplasia may be a cause of swelling in the gland area and dyspareunia. We recommend that whenever the gland feels firm or enlarged, total excision be considered, rather than drainage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-20
Number of pages3
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Bartholin's duct cyst, dyspareunia
  • Hyperplasia
  • Marsupialization


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