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Have a hip abscess that has taken almost 2 months to heal, but it's still sore. Kind of deep to the bone. It still stings a lot too. Is that normal?

Have a hip abscess that has taken almost 2 months to heal, but it's still sore. Kind of deep to the bone. It still stings a lot too. Is that normal?

No: A deep wound which takes this long a period of time to heal is certainly cause for concern. The continued pain may indicate a deeper abscess or infection which has reformed. You should see your doctor.

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Diagnosed with cutaneous abcess on Thursday, given antibodies. Abscess still draining and a huge hard area from my hip area to almost my groin.

Diagnosed with cutaneous abcess on Thursday, given antibodies. Abscess still draining and a huge hard area from my hip area to almost my groin.

Immediate Attn: If you have a hard area the size of your thigh, you need emergent medical care for drainage and IV antibiotics. This is quite severe and an emergency. Seek attention now Good luck

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I spontaneously ruptured an anal abscess the size of a tennis ball 10 days ago...Now having intense hip and back pain could this be related?

I spontaneously ruptured an anal abscess the size of a tennis ball 10 days ago...Now having intense hip and back pain could this be related?

Absolutely: The fact the abscess drained doesn't mean that it drained completely. Also, it may be that the cavity got infected from the anus with more bacteria and it's spread internally and now is gaining access to deeper structures. You need to be seen asap.

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What's the difference in abscess's and large fluid collection, in pelvis, are abscess's and fluid collection the one and the same???

What's the difference in abscess's and large fluid collection, in pelvis, are abscess's and fluid collection the one and the same???

Not necessarily: An Abcess is a walled off area of infection. Fluid collections can be anything, they have different characteristics on the imaging and treated differently. Some fluid collections are just watched closely, an some just go away on there own. Remember our bodies are made up of water primarily and this can, in essence, collect up anywhere.

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How does fluid and abscess accumulate in the pelvis, pelvic area.... is there lots of reasons for this? Male patient

How does fluid and abscess accumulate in the pelvis, pelvic area.... is there lots of reasons for this? Male patient

Many reasons: There are several ways yes. Diverticulitis (little sac out-pouchings in the colon) can rupture and lead to this. Irritation anywhere in the pelvis can lead to fluid and or abscess. The list does go on. These things can resolve spontaneously...but do sometimes require CT guided or US guided drainage.

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My son was diagnosed with appendicitis the results of it. He had an abscess on his pelvis blocking his bowel and bladder will he hve any future health?

Abcess appendix: Sorry to hear about your little gut. While his immediate recovery may take a bit longer because of rupture, there is usually not much else long term that could be problematic. Sometimes there is a bit more scar tissue in the area from a ruptured appendix. Which could make child a bit more prone to obstruction down the road, but if good surgical technique and debridement done, unlikely!

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What kind of damage takes places when abscessed serosanguineous fluid fills up internally (pelvis 2 lungs) due 2 anastamotic leak left untreated 6days?

What kind of damage takes places when abscessed serosanguineous fluid fills up internally (pelvis 2 lungs) due 2 anastamotic leak left untreated 6days?

Sepsis: The biggest risk is systemic infection where the infection spreads to the blood stream and starts causing severe inflammation and organ system dysfunction. Infected fluid in the abdomen can also lead to scarring in the abdomen called adhesions. Sorry that you are having to deal with that.

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Had acute appendicitis w abscess, eventually surgery to remove appendix. Felt good, but 4 months after surgery have swollen pelvis/abdomen & achy why?

Had acute appendicitis w abscess, eventually surgery to remove appendix. Felt good, but 4 months after surgery have swollen pelvis/abdomen & achy why?

Nonspecific: These symptoms are not specific to anything wrong related to the appendectomy, nor do they sound specific to something dangerous. If it gets worse or continues, see your doctor.

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CT show rectum perforatd, abscess's large fluid colection, Chest xray show lung infection, develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? Why not blame pelvis

CT show rectum perforatd, abscess's large fluid colection, Chest xray show lung infection, develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? Why not blame pelvis

Good Question: This is complex and should be reserved for discussion with u'r doctor or doctors who treated u. Certainly a perforated rectum is an emergency and can cause sepsis, but again, there seems to be a few things happening that make this more complex and not so appropriate for this type of forum.

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I have a boil looking thing on my lower hips, it was hard 2-3 days ago and now it's soft but I've noticed the are around it about 4cm (guess) is red?

I have a boil looking thing on my lower hips, it was hard 2-3 days ago and now it's soft but I've noticed the are around it about 4cm (guess) is red?

See doc.: Increasing redness means that you need to get seen promptly. Likely, you will need to have the boil lanced. Get seen tomorrow, before the infection spreads!

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I have a boil on my left hip and pus is coming out?

I have a boil on my left hip and pus is coming out?

See the doctor: It sounds like you need an incison and drainage of the boil and antibiotics. Hot compresses on the region until you get to the doctor.

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I have a five center meter abcess to the left of right hip groin area. Internal. Should this be drained. I have had two ultra sounds?

I have a five center meter abcess to the left of right hip groin area. Internal. Should this be drained. I have had two ultra sounds?

Need more info: Are your doctors waiting for the abscess to become better defined? Is it an area difficult to drain through the skin (percutaneously)? Typically, an abscess will not resolve on its own, and antibiotics just keep it in check. It usually has to be drained to finally heal.

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Hi. I have a boil on my right hip and it keeps draining, looks as if it is healing then fills up and drains again. My underwear are also in contact?

Hi. I have a boil on my right hip and it keeps draining, looks as if it is healing then fills up and drains again. My underwear are also in contact?

Staph Infection: Most likely you have a staph infection that is not resolving. If not treated, it may spread and cause severe problems. Right now, clean with soap and water, and perhaps use hand sanitizer on the lesion. Also, apply a hot compress diligently. That will help it drain. But I recommend seeing a physician and getting treated with antibiotics.

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Is it necessarily diverticulitis if you have a large abcess 12 centimetre or could it be a cyst in the pelvis? The abcess was drained surgetically.

Is it necessarily diverticulitis if you have a large abcess 12 centimetre or could it be a cyst in the pelvis? The abcess was drained surgetically.

Pelvic abcess: A pelvic abcess can have several sources. Common ones would be from colon diverticulitis, appendicitis, or tubo-ovarian abcess fom an infected fallopian tube. Usually a cyst has sterile contents and is not drained. Usually your doctors can tell the source from ct scans and the microbiology of the abcess.

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