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Bartholin’s gland abscess caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in a sexually active young woman
  1. Rui Soares1,2,
  2. Teresa Reis3,
  3. Frederico Valido1 and
  4. Catarina Chaves3
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Pathology Service, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia de Coimbra Francisco Gentil EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  2. 2 Microbiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  3. 3 Department of Clinical Pathology Service, Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rui Soares, rui.soares{at}, ruinetsoares{at}


Gynaecological infections are frequent in women, particularly in young women during their reproductive time. Anatomophysiologically, Bartholin’s gland is greatly susceptible to infections and is characterised by an inherent polymicrobial population. In fact, gynaecological microbiota has a set of agents coming from the perianal region that colonise the vagina and, in particular, Bartholin’s gland. Taking this into account, infections caused by agents that do not belong to the genital microbiota are less frequent. Here, we describe a case of a 23-year-old young woman with an abscess in Bartholin’s gland caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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  • Contributors RS and TR: methodology, investigation, writing—original draft, review and editing. FV: writing—review and editing. CC: investigation and writing—review and editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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