What is the role of laser therapy in the treatment of Bartholin gland diseases?

Updated: Aug 10, 2017
  • Author: Antonia Quinn, DO; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Recent studies have examined the safety and efficacy of carbon dioxide laser therapy as well as alcohol sclerotherapy to treat Bartholin abscesses. [18, 19, 20] Early studies show promising results. In a recent study, the cure rate was nearly 96% with one laser treatment. [21]

In another study of patients who received carbon dioxide laser therapy, the median operative time was 15 minutes (range, 12-35 minutes); median postoperative stay was 1 hour (range, 1-4 hours); and estimated 3-year relapse-free rate was 88.56%. Lesion wall thickness of 0.5-1.5 mm, multilocular lesions, and hyperechogenic lesions were correlated with recurrence. [22]


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