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Skene's glands

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Numerous mucous glands in the wall of the female urethra, localised so that their openings are just inside the urinary meatus. In acute gonorrhoea these glands are almost always infected. These glands had earlier been described in 1672 by Regnier de Graaf (1641-1693), who also had noted that they were involved in gonorrhoeal infection but this had been forgotten. They were also described by Alphonse François Marie Guérin (1816-1895) before Skene.


  • R. de Graaf:
    De mulierum organis generationi inservientibus. Leyden 1672.
  • A. J. C. Skene:
    The anatomy and pathology of two important glands of the female urethra.
    American journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of women and children, St. Louis, 1880, 265-270.

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