A localized collection of pus surrounded and walled off by inflamed tissue. Abscesses can occur on any part of the body
Arises from infected hair follicle
Most common on back,...
May have surrounding cellulitis
Regional lymphadenopathy and lymphangitis may occur
Patients with extensive...
Immediate IV access
Immunocompromised host with moderate/large cellulitis
Consider CA-MRSA in recurrent abscesses
Pain control is essential during incision and drainage of abscesses
Beware of tenosynovitis and deep fascial space infections
Alison DC, Miller T, Holtom P, et al. Microbiology of upper extremity soft tissue abscesses in injecting drug abusers. Clin Orth Related Res. 2007;461:9–13.
Buescher ES. Co...
566 Abscess of anal and rectal regions
682.9 Cellulitis and abscess of unspecified sites
685.0 Pilonidal cyst with abscess
680.9 Carbuncle and furuncle of unspecified site
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