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Lesions of the Bartholin Gland: A Review

Heller, Debra S. MD1; Bean, Sarah MD2

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease: October 2014 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 351–357
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000016
Clinical Review

Abstract: Most lesions of the Bartholin gland are cysts or abscesses. Clinicians are taught that lesions of the Bartholin gland occurring in older women should raise the differential diagnosis of malignancy, although these are uncommon. A variety of more unusual and rare lesions of the Bartholin gland have been reported. This review focuses on these less common entities, which must be considered as well when encountering pathology of the Bartholin gland.

A review of lesions of the Bartholin gland is presented.

1Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ; and 2Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Address correspondence to: Debra S. Heller, MD, Department of Pathology-UH/E158, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, 185 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ 07103. E-mail:

The authors have declared they have no conflicts of interest.

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