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close this bookMinor Surgical Procedures in Remote Areas (MSF, 1989, 172 p.)
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Treatment of a bartholin abscess

Cyst or abscess of a bartholin gland


Inflammatory tumor, the size of a small egg, affecting the folds of the labia.


Sterilised drapes and gloves, scalpel, dissecting forceps, scissors, needle holder, hooked needle, resorbable suture material, and sterile compresses.


· A large vertical incision, at the muco-cutaneous junction, rather than on the inside of the labia.

· Clean with polyvidone iodine (see table page 7).

· Marsupialisation of the gland or cyst, that's to say, the walls of the gland is sutured to the skin, to keep it open and to prevent recurrence.