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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound-guided abscess drainage?

What is the definition or description of: ultrasound-guided abscess drainage?

Pus Removal!: The abscess (pus pocket) is localized with ultrasound scanning (us). The area over the abscess is cleansed and local anesthesia placed. A needle or sometimes a catheter is inserted into the abscess while watching with the us. Pus is sent for culture studies. The needle is removed. A catheter may be left in place for days or longer and allowed to drain. Less invasive than surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Can abscess drainage create a risk to my kids?

Can abscess drainage create a risk to my kids?

Playing with pus?: Certainly, if the abscess is draining pus, then it can be quite risky. For example, abscess drainage from a MRSA wound infection can cause the spread of the bacteria. Anyhow, why on earth are your kids playing with abscess drainage anyhow? ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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I am going to have surgical abscess drainage need advice about going to work?

I am going to have surgical abscess drainage need advice about going to work?

Better ask surgeon: Since you are getting a surgical abscess drained, the best person to ask is really the surgeon performing the procedure. They will know the details, especially since we don't know what part of the anatomy you will have this abscess drained. ...Read more

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I had a pelvic abscess drainage last year only to find out its back do I go for another operation?

I had a pelvic abscess drainage last year only to find out its back do I go for another operation?

Probably.: If you have a recurrence of a pelvic abcess, it could be life-threatening. It is likely causing significant pain. He should talk to your doctor about a hysterectomy if you are finished having children. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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How to care for my wound and dressing after abscess drainage?

As instructed : After an incision and drainage of an abscess follow all post procedure instructions exactly. If anything is unclear call te physician or surgeon who treated you for this problem. ...Read more

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I am going to have surgical abscess drainage need advice from someone experienced with this?

I am going to have surgical abscess drainage need advice from someone experienced with this?

Drain abscess: Regardless of the cause of your abscess, drainage is the correct therapy for abscess. It is understandable to be upset. However, stay in good communication with your surgical team, have a support person to help you. The culture will be helpful for directing antibiotic therapy. Okay to ask if you will have a drain or need wound care. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does armpit abscess drainage needs general Anastasia or local one?!?

Does armpit abscess drainage needs general Anastasia or local  one?!?

Local: These abscesses can be drained in a doctor's office or immediate care with local anesthesia unless they are very extensive. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?

Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?

Depends...: For small abscesses, it could just be 2-3 days. For larger ones, days to weeks sometimes. Doctors look at how deep the abscess was, if there was surrounding infection (cellulitis), if there's drainage, where it's located... So a lot of different factors. Best thing you can do is check with your doc, they should be able to give you an estimate. Good luck! ...Read more

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3 months post abscess drainage surgery: at the site of surgery in left gluteal region i started bleeding today. What should I do?

Get it looked at by : Anytime you have a significant change you should get your surgeon to check it out. Only they know for sure what is there. Often it is fluid that has old blood in it. It can look like a lot of bleeding. But get it checked. ...Read more

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Can abscess drainage create a dry socket in your jaw?

Can abscess drainage create a dry socket in your jaw?

Perhaps: Perhaps a role. A dry socket starts when the protective effect of a blood clot in the socket is lost. An infection may prevent the clot from forming properly. ...Read more

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I have a swelling after dental abscess drainage, what could it be?

I have a swelling after dental abscess drainage, what could it be?

Abscess Returning: If you've had an abscess drained, and you still have swelling, it's likely because the abscess is re-formning. Most of the bacteria causing the swelling are coming from within the tooth. Therefore, the tooth itself must be addressed, or the abscess will always return. You need root canal treatment or tooth extraction for a definitive cure. Drainage and antibiotics are only for pain relief. ...Read more

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Swelling after dental abscess drainage. No pain. Should I be concerned?

Yes: As clinicians, we always want to qualify and quantify each issue. So here goes. Swelling is a common inflammatory response to any surgical procedure. Including draining an abscess. The absence of pain is good. But is there warmth in the area? Any drainage? Is the skin in the area red and swollen or is is regional swelling? ...Read more

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If abscess drainage happened by itself with a boil, will it heal up without a doctor?

If abscess drainage happened by itself with a boil, will it heal up without a doctor?

Usually: Drainage is the most important aspect of treatment for abscesses, whether performed by a doctor or spontaneous. But when doctors drain abscesses, they usually irrigate the cavity and then pack it with gauze to make sure it closes from the inside out rather than from the outside in. When it drains on its own, try to keep it washed out and open on the outside so the pus doesn't reaccumulate. ...Read more

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How to care for my abscess drainage?

Clean and dry: After you have an "i&d" or an "incision and drainage" for an access, care is very simple. If you have had packing placed in the hole, that packing should be checked and changed by a physician at least one time after it is done initially. Once the packing is removed, warm soaks or sitz baths can be used to help continue to promote drainage and healing. Anti inflammatory meds can help as well. ...Read more

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I am going to have surgical abscess drainage. What kind of pain and recovery?

I am going to have surgical abscess drainage. What kind of pain and recovery?

ABSCESS DRAINAGE: Surgical abscess drainage is a minor surgical procedure depending on the location of the abscess. Incision and drainage ( i&d) is usually done by surgeon with or without anesthesia and pain is nil and recovery rapid with antibiotic intake for the infection. ...Read more

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Dental abscess drainage into throat. Any problems from that?

Dental abscess drainage into throat. Any problems from that?

See a dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Yes: Abscesses that were drained a long time ago can leave scar (or fibrous) tissue in the place of the abscess or in the area where it was cut open. This is a normal occurrence, as long as it does not appear infected (not red, swollen, hot or draining). ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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