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Skene's Gland

A Skene's gland is on each side of the urethral opening. It is normally neither seen nor felt, although close inspection will reveal the pinpoint openings of these periurethral glands.

SkenitisWhen infected, the Skene's gland will become enlarged and tender.

A simple incision and drainage of the gland will generally result in complete resolution. Topical anesthetic (20% benzocaine, or "Hurricaine") can be applied to the cyst with a  cotton-tipped applicator and allowed to sit for 3-4 minutes. A single stab wound by a scalpel opens the abscess and allows for drainage of the pus.

Cultures, particularly for gonorrhea, should be obtained.

Good choices for antibiotics would include those most helpful for treating urethritis:

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