Paraurethral glands

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 9 Dec 2019

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.

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