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Skene Duct Cyst
(Skene's Duct Cyst)
Skene duct cysts develop adjacent to the distal urethra, sometimes causing perineal discharge, dyspareunia, urinary obstruction, or abscess formation.
Skene glands (periurethral or paraurethral glands) are located adjacent to the distal urethra. Cysts form if the duct is obstructed, usually because the gland is infected. They occur mainly in adults. Cysts may form abscesses or cause urethral obstruction and recurrent UTIs.
Most cysts are < 1 cm and asymptomatic. Some are larger and cause dyspareunia. The first symptoms may be those of urinary outflow obstruction (eg, hesitancy, dribbling, retention) or of UTIs. Abscesses are painful, swollen, tender, and erythematous but usually do not cause fever.
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