Bartholin gland abscess

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 7 Jan 2022

Bartholin gland abscess (maybe shortened to Bartholin abscess) is a complication that may result from an infected Bartholin gland cyst

Radiographic features

Abscesses are usually in a similar location to Bartholin gland cysts. Features of Bartholin gland abscess are otherwise similar to Bartholin gland cyst described in separate article.


Signal characteristics include:

  • T2: tends to show heterogeneous signal 1
  • T1 C+ (Gd): pericystic enhancement may be present 1

History and etymology

The Bartholin glands are named after the Danish anatomist Caspar Bartholin the Younger (1655-1738), who made the first detailed study of their physiology and anatomy in humans 3.

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