What is the role of anesthesia in incision and drainage of a Bartholin abscess?

Updated: Nov 17, 2017
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Incision and drainage of a Bartholin cyst or abscess requires anesthesia of the labial mucosa. Because infiltration of the labial mucosa with a local anesthetic may be painful, discuss options such as intravenous narcotics and procedural sedation and analgesia with each patient.

See the Technique section below for the procedure for local anesthetic infiltration. For more information, see Local Anesthetic Agents, Infiltrative Administration.


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