Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

Share this article on:

A Gartner Duct Cyst Masquerading as Anterior Vaginal Prolapse

Davidson, Emily R. W. MD; Barber, Matthew D. MD, MHS

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002315
Contents: Case Report

BACKGROUND: Gartner duct cysts are embryologic remnants of the mesonephric ducts that may present as a vaginal mass or cyst.

CASE: A patient was referred for surgical management of prolapse whose bulging anterior vagina was actually a Gartner duct cyst that required excision as a result of symptoms. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging helped confirm the diagnosis.

CONCLUSION: A Gartner duct cyst may present as a vaginal cyst that, if large, may mimic pelvic organ prolapse. The diagnosis should be considered when a patient's individual prolapse compartments are inconsistent or when physical examination is suggestive of another process.

A large Gartner duct cyst may mimic pelvic organ prolapse and should be considered in the differential diagnosis for a large vaginal bulge if physical examination findings are inconsistent with usual pelvic organ prolapse.

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Corresponding author: Emily R. W. Davidson, MD, 9500 Euclid Avenue, A81, Cleveland, OH 44195; email:

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

© 2017 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.