Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inguinal Lymphadenitis Treatment

Treatment for inguinal lymphadenitis depends on the underlying cause. Bacterial infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics.

Treatment for inguinal lymphadenitis may include:


Incision and drainage:
  • The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
  • A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the lymph gland.
  • An incision is made with a scalpel.
  • Pus is drained from the lymph gland.
  • The lymph gland cavity is flushed clean.
  • In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the lymph gland cavity.
  • The gauze or drain placed inside the cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.

Inguinal Lymphadenitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat inguinal lymphadenitis:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Inguinal Lymphadenitis References
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