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What Are Nabothian Cysts and How Are They Treated?

What Are Nabothian Cysts and How Are They Treated?

Nabothian cysts are raised bumps on the cervix. These cysts are mucus-filled lumps that appear on the outer surface of the uterine opening or the cervix. Nabothian cysts are also referred to as nabothian follicles or mucinous retention cysts. These cysts generally tend to form when the normal outer most tissue layer of the cervix abnormally grows over its mucus producing glandular tissue. As a result, the mucus secreted by the glandular tissues is trapped between the two layers, resulting in a nabothian or cervical cyst.

The asymptomatic nature of the nabothian cysts results in most of them going undetected until a woman undergoes a routine gynecological scan. Incidentally, some women also come across these cysts for the first time during cervical cap or diaphragm insertion. These cysts are noncancerous and harmless, but long-standing in nature.

Symptoms of Nabothian Cysts

Nabothian cysts do not produce any symptoms. However, unusually large nabothian cysts may result in mild discomfort. These cysts normally grow between 2-10 millimeters in diameter and contain mucus that differs in color from light yellow to amber. 

Cause of Nabothian Cysts

The primary cause of nabothian cysts is an overgrowth of the cervical lining on the outside resulting in the formation of pockets with trapped mucus. However, the reason for such an overgrowth is still unclear. These cysts are very common in women after childbirth. Additionally, they are also seen in menopausal women due to hormonal changes that cause a thinning of the cervix.

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