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Swelling in vulva

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th October 2010 03:00 AM

THE most common cause of painless swelling in the vulva is Bartholin’s cysts. These are formed when a Bartholin’s gland is blocked, causing a fluid-filled cyst to develop.

Dear Doctor
I have a swelling in the vulva yet it does not pain me. What is the cause?
Blessed, Kabale

THE most common cause of painless swelling in the vulva is Bartholin’s cysts. These are formed when a Bartholin’s gland is blocked, causing a fluid-filled cyst to develop.

It is not an infection, although it can be caused by an infection, inflammation, or physical blockage (mucus) to the Bartholin’s ducts (tubes which lead from the glands to the vulva). If infection sets in, the result is a Bartholin’s abscess.

If the infection is severe or repeated a minor surgical procedure may be required to stop further recurrences. A Bartholin’s cyst can grow from the size of a pea to the size of an egg.

Cysts are not sexually transmitted, though sexually transmitted diseases such as Gonorrhea are the most common causes, with syphilis or other bacterial infections also being common.

Swelling in vulva

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