Last reviewed: November 2017
Last updated: November  2017

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • vulval/perineal mass
  • vulval pressure or fullness
  • pain during sitting or walking

Other diagnostic factors

  • fever
  • dyspareunia
  • vulval erythema and induration
  • spontaneous rupture

Risk factors

  • woman of reproductive age
  • previous Bartholin cyst/abscess
  • sexual activity
  • direct trauma or surgery

Diagnostic investigations

Investigations to consider

  • microscopy and culture of abscess material
  • biopsy of vulval lesion
Full details

Treatment algorithm

Contributors

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Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Iowa

Iowa City

IA

Disclosures

CKS is an author of several studies referenced in this monograph.

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Orlando

FL

Disclosures

LAB declares that she has no competing interests.

Dr Colleen Kennedy Stockdale and Dr Lori A. Boardman would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Laura K. Bonebrake, a previous contributor to this monograph. LKB declares that she has no competing interests.

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Consultant Gynaecologist

St Michael's Hospital

Bristol

UK

Disclosures

RA declares that he has no competing interests.

Associate Professor

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta

GA

Disclosures

KA declares that he has no competing interests.

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