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Abdominal Abscess Overview

What is an abdominal abscess?
A person with an abdominal abscess has a collection of pus inside the abdominal cavity, caused by an infection. Pus is made up of infected tissue and white blood cells. Abdominal abscesses are caused by bacteria that are normally present inside the stomach and intestine. The body forms a wall around the infected tissue, in order to fight the infection. Abdominal abscesses occur most commonly in those who have appendicitis, peptic ulcer disease, diverticulitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and mesenteric ischemia.

What are the symptoms of an abdominal abscess?
Symptoms of an abdominal abscess depend on its size and location. Symptoms of an abdominal abscess may include abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, and constipation or diarrhea. The infection may also cause a fever, nausea, weakness, and fatigue.

How does the doctor treat an abdominal abscess?
Treatment for an abdominal abscess may include antibiotics and surgery to drain the abscess.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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