Which physical findings are characteristic of Bartholin abscess?

Updated: Aug 10, 2017
  • Author: Antonia Quinn, DO; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The following physical examination findings are seen in Bartholin abscess, as shown in the image below.

Bartholin abscess. (Image courtesy of Dr. Gil Shla Bartholin abscess. (Image courtesy of Dr. Gil Shlamovitz.)

See the list below:

  • Patients typically have an exquisitely tender, fluctuant labial mass with surrounding erythema and edema.

  • In some cases, areas of cellulitis surrounding the abscess may be present.

  • Fever, though not typical in healthy patients, may occur.

  • If the abscess has spontaneously ruptured, purulent discharge may be noted. If completely drained, no obvious mass may be observed.

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