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Paraurethral glands (or Skene glands) lie within the wall of the distal female urethra and secrete mucus during sexual activity. Each gland is drained by a single paraurethral (Skene) duct. They are homologous to the male prostate gland.
If the paraurethral duct becomes obstructed (inflammation, inspissated mucus), then a paraurethral (Skene) duct cyst may result.
History and etymology
Skene glands are named after the Scottish-American gynecologist Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene (1838-1900) 2.
- 1. Prasad SR, Menias CO, Narra VR et-al. Cross-sectional imaging of the female urethra: technique and results. Radiographics. 2005;25 (3): 749-61. doi:10.1148/rg.253045067 - Pubmed citation
- 2. OBSTETRICAL‐GYNAECOLOGICAL EPONYMS: ALEXANDER SKENE AND THE PARA‐URETHRAL DUCTS. (1956) BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 63 (6): 908. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.1956.tb05588.x - Pubmed