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October 9, 1909

SOME MINOR GYNECOLOGIC MATTERS OFTEN OVERLOOKED

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(15):1167-1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550150001001e
Abstract

In routine practice we may fail to appreciate certain rare or obscure diseases which are very annoying to our patients, although not dangerous to life. We find a number of cervical erosions, classified as infectious, which are due to other causes. There are numerous infections of glands of the genital tract which are not understood, and which are not successfully treated because the seat of the infection is not exposed and thoroughly sterilized. Many patients have numerous deep vulvar glands, especially about the vestibule, which may become veritable nests for gonococci or other microbes and will perpetuate an infectious discharge indefinitely unless opened widely and sterilized by iodin or some equally good application. Skene's glands in the urethra are known to harbor infectious organisms and to cause a persistent urethritis. This disease requires surgical treatment if a cure is obtained. The glands must be opened up, thoroughly exposed and treated.

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