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August 8th, 2011

Cook Medical Launches Word Catheter to Treat Cysts of the Bartholin Gland

Bloomington, Ind. – Physicians will now have access to Cook Medical’s Word catheter, a silicone balloon catheter used to treat cysts of the Bartholin gland, company officials announced today.

Cysts in the Bartholin gland occur when the gland becomes blocked, causing a buildup of fluid in the gland and the formation of a cyst. Cysts vary in size and occasionally become infected, which causes abscesses. Treatment for cysts of the Bartholin gland can include antibiotics, drainage of the cyst or surgical removal of the gland. Once the cyst has been drained, Cook’s Word catheter holds the drainage lumen open so the cyst can fully heal without closing again and risking further infection. This is a common procedure often performed in an office setting, and may help reduce the reoccurrence of cysts.

The Word catheter from Cook Medical includes a silicone balloon that is inserted into the cyst and then inflated to hold the catheter in place and allow the cyst to heal without closing again. Cook’s catheter is constructed of silicone, which eliminates the issue of patient sensitivity to latex. To prevent the cyst from closing and refilling again, the catheter can remain in place for up to 28 days while the gland heals.

In response to the recent trend of cost-savings and improved efficiency in the health care industry, Cook is offering the Word catheter at a moderate price to aid health care facilities in their attempts to restrict spending.

“We are proud to offer this product to physicians,” said Christina Anné, global leader of Cook’s Women’s Health division. “The Word catheter brings an economical option to the table for OB/GYNs, emphasizing Cook’s commitment to respond to physician needs.”

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