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The Treatment of Bartholin´s Cyst or Abscess With Silver Nitrate

Phase 4
18 Years
60 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Bartholin´s Cyst

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Trial Information

The Treatment of Bartholin´s Cyst or Abscess With Silver Nitrate

Background and objective:

Bartholin gland cysts and abscesses are common problems in women of reproductive age. The
traditional treatment of Bartholin´s cyst or abscess is marsupialization, which has
disadvantages, such as pain of long duration, scarring, risk of general anaesthesia and risk
of recurrence. In the present study we use silver nitrate in the treatment of Bartholin's
cyst or abscess and compare to marsupialization. We expect lower healing time, lower
recurrence rate and less pain with the silver nitrate treatment.

Methods and materials:

30 patients with Bartholin´s cyst or abscess will be investigated. It is prospective
randomized study. The silver nitrate treatment is performed under local anaesthesia on an
outpatient basis. A simple vertical incision 1 cm in length is made in the vaginal mucosa
and the underlying cyst or abscess wall. A crystalloid silver nitrate stick of 5 mm in
diameter and 5 mm in length is inserted into the cyst or abscess cavity.

The standard marsupialization treatment is performed under general anaesthesia.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Women with a age of 18-60 years

- Should read and understand Danish

- All women inclusive pregnant should have a Bartholins cyst or abscess

Exclusion Criteria:

- Subject who cannot give written informed consent

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Recidive of bartholin´s cyst or abscess and Dyspareunia after treatment

Outcome Time Frame:

up to one year after treatment

Safety Issue:



Denmark: Ethics Committee

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2007

Completion Date:

December 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Bartholin´s Cyst
  • silver nitrate
  • marsupialisation
  • Cysts