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abscess may be drained by needle aspiration. A needle
is inserted through the abdominal or vaginal wall into the abscess. The fluid
filling the abscess is drawn out (aspirated) with a syringe connected to the
needle. A pelvic
ultrasound or a
computed tomography (CT) scan is used to guide the
needle into the abscess. A tube (catheter) may be left in for a few days to
allow the abscess to drain completely.
Aspiration of an abscess may be done with a
local or general anesthesia. You may go home the same
day, unless more treatment is needed or you are very ill.
Aspiration may be considered when the abscess:
If your health professional recommends aspiration, ask about abscess
recurrence rates and other risks of the procedure.
November 23, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
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