Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abscess Skin Evaluation

The evaluation of a skin abscess begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a skin abscess may include:


Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a skin abscess.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a skin abscess include:
  • Cultures of the pus from the abscess

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Last Updated: Aug 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Abscess Skin References
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