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Nabothian cyst

Definition

A nabothian cyst is a mucus-filled cyst on the surface of the uterine cervix.

Causes

The cervical canal is lined by glandular cells that normally secrete mucus. These endocervical glands can become covered by squamous epithelium in a process called metaplasia.

These nests of glandular cells (nabothian glands) on the cervix may become filled with secretions. As secretions accumulate, a smooth, rounded lump may form just under the surface of the cervix and become large enough to be seen or felt upon examination.

Each cyst appears as a small, white, pimple-like elevation. They can occur singly or in groups, and they are not a threat to health. The cysts are more common in women of reproductive age, especially those who have already had children.

Symptoms

There are no observable symptoms.

Exams and Tests

Pelvic examination reveals a small, smooth, rounded lump (or collection of lumps) on the surface of the cervix. Rarely, a colposcopic examination is necessary to distinguish nabothian cysts from other types of cervical lesions.

Treatment

No treatment is necessary. However, nabothian cysts do not spontaneously clear. They can be easily cured through electrocautery or cryotherapy. Both procedures can be done in the doctor's office.

Outlook (Prognosis)

This is a benign condition.

Possible Complications

Rarely, cysts may become so numerous or enlarged that the cervix becomes clinically enlarged.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

This condition is usually discovered during a routine pelvic examination.

Prevention

There is no known prevention.

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