Bartholin’s abscess : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Symptoms & Signs
- A tender lump on either side of the vaginal opening
- Pain with sexual intercourse
Diagnosis & Tests
A pelvic examination reveals an enlarged and tender Bartholin’s gland. A biopsy may be recommended in older women to rule out a tumor.
Any vaginal discharge or fluid drainage will be sent to a lab for analysis.
Review Date : 8/1/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Maternal & Child Health Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine; Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.