Abdominal Abscess Treatment
In most cases, an abdominal abscess is treated with antibiotics and drainage of the pus that forms in the abscess. Most of the time, the abscess is drained with a catheter, which is placed through the skin, and then guided to the abscess using CT scan. The catheter is removed and the abscess usually resolves in 1 to 4 weeks. In some cases, a surgeon must make an incision in the abdomen to drain the abscess.
Treatment options for an abdominal abscess includes:
- Intravenous fluids
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Antibiotics for abdominal abscess
- Surgery for an abdominal abscess:
- In order to drain the pus and remove the infected tissue.
- The pus may be drained with a catheter. The catheter is inserted through the skin, and guided to the abscess using CT scan.
- The pus may be drained through an incision in the abdomen.
Abdominal Abscess Specialist
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